The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a short story that talks about a small village following an old tradition blindly. Its audience of the New Yorker did not welcome this story in late 1940’s, it was brutal, graphic, however honest and gutsy of her to publish such gruesome story.
Every year the families from the village gathered nervously, anxiously as they drew a paper from a black box. Everyone grew impatient and everyone was out for himself or herself, people turned on one another like savages.
The story takes place in a small town of member who are willing to conserve their traditions even though they didn’t know where or when this originated, they had this blind faith or a desire to believe something is true. The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born. This tradition is believed to bring more crops as gift for sacrificing a member of the village, although everyone presumes to follow this traditions once Mrs. Hutchinson’s gets the black dot she get hysterical saying she was pressured into taking the paper.
Based on the events during WWII and the story it is believed that Shirley Jackson wrote this story to bring to light the gruesome truth about WWII and to also share how she Felt and isolated by others. In the way she wrote this story lead everyone to believe a family would win a lottery the reader assumes it’s a happy ending until the end when everyone stones to death the member who gets the black dot for the sack of following traditions, even though they all don’t know where this tradition originates and also talked about how other villages no longer practice this tradition. It also highlights how hypocrite Mrs. Hutchintson turned out to be, she was a willing participate to stone to death another member but when it turned out to be her she didn’t like it.
This story resembled what we have experienced in past wars, what we have stud up to, and what we are going through today as a society. Often time’s people take part of such cruelty for the sack of just following tradition, its no longer acceptable to stay in silence and keep our ATTACHMENT PREVIEW Download attachmentHumanities 303, MurphyPaper #2: Literary Analysis of a Short StoryIn your second paper, you will read a short story written during or about your time period andevaluate the author’s treatment of literary and thematic aspects within it. Follow this format inwriting your paper.Paragraph 1: Introduction■Begin with a hook that sets up the thematic purpose of your paper: maybe an interestingquote from the story, a quote from the author, or a quote from a critic about the timeperiod or story?■Give a brief summary of the author’s life—provide only relevant details■Place the story into the context in which it was written or about which is was written■End your introduction with yourThesis: in it, you will evaluate the intrinsic (literaryaspects) and extrinsic (thematic) aspects of the story. Make sure you include the author’sname and the title of the story.Example Thesis:In his short story,“The Necklace,”Guy de Maupassant uses strongcharacterization and dramatic irony to demonstrate that material wealth does not buy happiness.Body Paragraph 1: Provide a 6-8 sentence Summary of your story.Body Paragraph 2: Evaluate two Literary Aspects (Intrinsic Qualities) of the Story■Remember to provide aClaimthat makes a mini argument by including a reason■ProvideEvidencein the form oftwo specific quotesto explicate. Before inserting thequote, provide the context for the quote (what was going on in the story at the time)?■Write aWarrantthat explicates the quote; that is, that interprets the quote for the readerand elaborates on how each quote supports your claim.Body Paragraph 3: Evaluate the Thematic Aspects (Extrinsic Qualities) of the Story■Analyze thethemeof the story. In particular, focus on explaining how the theme relates tothe time period in which it was written.What does this story say about the dominantconcerns of the culture at this time?(What is the extrinsic value of the story?)■Begin your paragraph with aClaimthat makes a mini argument by including a reason■ProvideEvidenceto support the claim (with context)■Provide aWarrant that elaborates on the connection of theEvidenceto theClaimBody Paragraph 4: Critical Interpretation:Discuss one critic’s interpretation of the value ofthe story, either agree or disagree with it, and explain why. This does not need to be related to
View the Answerwhat you’ve established as the extrinsic value of the story, but if it is, connect this to your thesisin yourWarrant.■Begin with aClaimthat makes a mini-argument by including a reason (ie. I agree withcritic Henry Louis Gates’assertion that Hurston establishes a confident new voice inAmerican literature because her dialogue is so authentic.)■ProvideEvidence(in the form of a quote) from the critic that provides his/herinterpretation/argument/assertion■ProvideEvidencefrom the story to support yourClaim■Provide aWarrantthat elaborates on the connection of theEvidenceto theClaim. Howis this connected to your Thesis?(ie, for this exampleClaim, you would explain whyauthentic dialogue provides a confident new voice in American literature.)Paragraph 6: Conclusion Paragraph■Reaffirm your thesis■Connect to your hookShort Story Ideas:1.Harlem Renaissance:■Zora Neale Hurston’s“The Gilded Six Bits”■Zora Neale Hurston’s“Spunk”■Any story fromCane2. Depression Era■F. Scott Fitzgerald’s“Babylon Revisited”■John Steinbeck’s“The Chrysanthemums”■Eugenia Collier’s“Marigolds”■John Steinbeck’sOf Mice and Men(novella)3. Modernism: Ernest Hemingway’s“Big Two-Hearted River”4. WWII Era:■Philip Roth’s“Defender of Faith”■Shirley Jackson’s“The Lottery”■Elie WieselNight(novella)5. Vietnam-era: Tim O’Brien’sThe Things They Carried(one vignette)Literary Aspects to Consider in Determining Intrinsic Value:
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