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Critical Analysis of "the Lottery"

Summary: "The Lottery" is a gripping tale of a small town occurrence and an everyday problem. Jackson did a wonderful job of bringing meaning to this story through symbolism and common themes, and it all pulls together really well in creating a terrible situation that nobody expects.
Critical Analysis of "The Lottery"

In the short story "The Lottery," author Shirley Jackson creates a very shocking and horrifying situation through the use of characterization, setting, and the theme of the individual versus society, which is portrayed in the story as scapegoating. She writes as if the events taking place are common to any town (Mazzeno 2). The story was very unpopular when first published, mostly because of the fact that people did not understand it. The story of the all-to-familiar town, ordinary in every way except for the ritualistic murder taking place has since grown great popularity, even being adapted for television, ballet, and radio (Lethem 1-2).

Shirley Jackson's short story entitled "The Lottery" was published in an issue of "The New Yorker" on June 28, 1948. Because it was such a controversial piece, the story caused an uproar resulting in hundreds of letters sent to Jackson. These letters...

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