The Lottery Analysis

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Did you know that Merle and Patricia Butler from Red Bud, Illinois and three teachers from Baltimore Maryland won the biggest lottery in American history at $656 million dollars? That means every person acquired $218.6 million dollars each from the lottery (Carlyle). Unfortunately, the citizens of Shirley Jacksons’ fantasy short story “The Lottery” were not imbursed with money, but were stoned to death by their peers. “The Lottery” is a lottery of death in which the town uses to keep the population down (Voth). The story consist of many subjects to analyze which include: irony, imagery, and pathos.
The first analysis of the story is irony. According Carolyn Sharp “Irony in ancient ...view middle of the document...

This shows irony because Delacroix means Cross in other languages and the cross represents Jesus Christ in Christianity and Christianity is against killing others. The Lottery shows a substantial amount of irony and is everywhere one looks in the story.
The second analysis in the story is imagery. Imagery is the use of descriptive language to add depth to the story. Jarmo Valkola states that “Images are one step away from the immediate reality” (Valkola). Valkola is correct in his statement because the first thing humans try to do when reading descriptive words is to create a picture inside their heads. One example of imagery in The Lottery is the description of the black box that they used to pull the slips of paper out of. Jackson tells that the box was older than the oldest man in town and it also gets shabbier as each year passes. These words easily paint a vivid picture into the readers minds by letting them know exactly what the black box looks like. Another use of imagery is how Jackson describes the stoning of Tessie. She mentions on countless occasions how many different people were collecting stones and the sizes of them. Also how the townspeople surrounded her and came upon her. This description lets the reader know where everyone was in the town and how they took the action to stone Tessie. Imagery is a big influence in life, but especially the story “The Lottery” because it is such a abnormal story that imagery is needed to get the full understanding of what s going on and trying to put the puzzle together of why the events are taking place.
The last analysis is the pathos located in the story. John Ramage say that pathos are “the emotional or motivational appeals; vivid language, emotional language and numerous sensory details” (Ramage). Pathos are basically the emotional feelings or actions a character in a story has when being faced with a problem. An example of a patho in “The Lottery”...

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