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An Analysis and Interpretation of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery

Words: 1975 (8 pages)

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is one of the most famous short stories of all time. Originally published in the New Yorker in 1948, it generated controversy due to its graphic depiction of a lottery that determines who will be stoned each year. But what kind of story provoked such a negative response? It’s a…

Desperation and Insanity: John’s Wife in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Tessie Hutchinson in the Lottery by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery

The Yellow Wallpaper

Words: 503 (3 pages)

This popular American idiom means many things depending on the circumstances (no pun intended). For the characters in literature written by certain women it means being driven to a breaking point beyond logical thought. Societal pressures weigh heavily on characters like John’s wife in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, and Tessie Hutchinson from “The Lottery”. These women…

An Analysis of a False Tradition in the Lottery, a Short Story by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery

Words: 1235 (5 pages)

Tradition is defined as “the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc. from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice” (“Definition”). In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, readers are exposed to a fatal tradition with no true purpose other than the fact that it is tradition. Many traditions are…

A Literary Analysis of the Lottery, a Short Story by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery

Words: 539 (3 pages)

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” follows the story of a small town, starting their usual June routine of playing the lottery, an event that many associate with joy. However, the reader eventually realizes the lottery is not a joyous occasion when the winner, Tessie, is stoned at the end of the drawing. The shocking ending of…

Escapism in Sonny’s Blues, The Lottery, and No Speak English

The Lottery

Words: 1313 (6 pages)

The desire of escaping reality stems from the unhappiness of one’s current situation. Unhappiness could be the lack of contentment, loss of family values or living in a false reality. It can also be “more often indicated by a simple wish for the masses to simply, magically, disappear.” (Krishna 2327). This unhappiness sometimes results in…

Dry September by William Faulkner

William Faulkner

Words: 973 (4 pages)

Dry September by William Faulkner is a story set back in the early 90s in a small southern town. The story revolves around how Minnie Cooper, a lonely and unhappy woman is apparently raped by a black man, known as Will Mayes and how a group of men overreact to the situation and jump to…

The Passing of Time in “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner

William Faulkner

Words: 1606 (7 pages)

In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” the passing of time is a major theme illustrated through an abundance of symbols and their underlying meanings. The main character, Emily, undergoes changes unwillingly and her reactions of carelessness end up backfiring and creating negative effects. Her home contains several symbols of deterioration connecting back to the…

“The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulker

William Faulkner

Words: 1375 (6 pages)

The Sound and the Fury, divides into of four sections and written by William Faulker The first three fragment are introduced from the three Compson son’s perspectives based on similar themes.  The first section is in Mississippi on 7th April 1928. The first narrator, Benjy, has an intellectual disability and an idiot and has mixed tenderness…

The French Satire During the World War Twos Vichy Regime


Words: 779 (4 pages)

The Vichy regime from 1940 to 1944 evoked three principal reactions from France: either the French viewed it as a necessary and noble political situation, viewed it as a betrayal of democratic and national principles, or considered it a means of combating the spread of communism. Many people in France proclaimed the Vichy regime to…

An Exploration of the Social Satire in Paul Verhoeven Movies RoboCop


Words: 2568 (11 pages)

Detroit in the future is ravaged by street crime, and ran by a massive multi-million dollar company. The company has developed a huge crime-fighting robot, which unfortunately develops a murder glitch in the system. The company sees a way to get back in favour with the public when a newly transferred police officer Alex James…

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