Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery'

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Shirley Hardie Jackson was born December 14th 1916 san Francisco, CA. Jackson received her BA in English from Syracuse university and published many publications of short stories. She had been with publications alike The New Yorker, The Yale review, The New Republic, the Saturday Evening Post and the Readers Digest during her writing career.


"Lottery" relates a similar tale of brutality. The story not only draws criticism on the ancient practices but also to those of modern world. For example during World War 2, the Jews were brutalized and killed without any reason. There were people who did not agree with it, but no one said anything.
The story starts of with a brief discussion of a regular town, with villagers gathered for an annual event on the June 27th. The author describes the season vividly to help the reader visualize the place as a pleasant gathering "The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." The excitement about the lottery is made evident when the author says that in many villages', people collect well in advance for the entire lottery process to take place. ...
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