Symbolism in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery
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In Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery we see an exciting game of chance turn ugly, as the winner of this lottery is subsequently sentenced to death at the hands of the town people. The town runs amok with various rebellious, evil, and utterly insensitive people who lie in wait for their next annual victim. Playing the role of judges, juries, and executioners, many of Jackson’s characters depict a strong underlying theme of the evil, prejudice, and rebellion that is so prevalent in our everyday lives.
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All the characters’ roles, as well as their names, were precisely chosen in order to awaken our hearts and minds to the callousness and rebellion that lies at the heart of every man in the face of habitual conformity.