Name Tutor Course Date Lottery Black Box and Black Spot Just as the red color symbolizes danger and white symbolize peace Jackson has used black color in his story to convey some information to the reader. Black is the color that represents death. In some cases black represents darkness. The grave itself is very dark and no person can ever see anything while in darkness. Therefore the black color that Jackson uses to describe the tools used in the lottery symbolizes an imminent thing related to the grave that is likely to happen. Before the lottery starts in the middle of the story the reader can predict the death of a person or a group of people by just seeing the use of the black tools. The big stones that the children were piling at the start of the story. Mr. Grave and Mr. Summers: This name is used in the story to symbolize something that wants people to die. Mr. Grave is one of the leaders who organize this deadly event yearly without knowing its disadvantages. People hate graves because they swallow their loved ones without mercy. Mr. Grave facilitated the death of Tessie without knowing how painful it was to Bill Hutchinson and his three children. Mr. Summers also symbolizes the season of the year the lottery was taking place. The lottery in the story took place on 27th June of every year. June is one of the summer months of the year. Work Cited Jackson Shirley. The Lottery. Mankato MN: Creative Education 2008. Print. [...]
Instructions for Assignment 4 Read the short-story, "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson. Search for it online or find it at: fullreads.com Answer ONE of the questions below using the text from the story, using quotes as applicable. Be sure to cite those quotes in your text and in the Works Cited page. 1) Were you surprised by the ending of the story? If not, at what point did you know what was going to happen? How does Jackson start to foreshadow the ending in paragraphs two and three? Conversely, how does Jackson lull us into thinking that this is just an ordinary story with an ordinary town? Use details from the story to back up your opinion. Cite from the story as necessary. 2) Take a look at Jackson's description of the black wooden box (paragraph 5) and of the black spot on the fatal slip of paper. What do these objects suggest to you? Why is the black box described as "battered"? Are there any other symbols in the story? Cite and quote from the story as necessary. 3) This story satirizes a number of social issues, including the reluctance of people to reject outdated traditions, ideas, rules, laws, and practices. What kinds of traditions, practices, laws, etc. might "The Lottery" represent? Be sure to refer back to the text as you are doing your comparisons. 4) This story was published in 1948, just after WWII. What other cultural or historical events, attitudes, institutions, or rituals might Jackson be satirizing in this story? Refer back to the text as you are comparing this story to other events/times, etc. Quote as necessary.