The Lottery

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  • The drawing/lottery in “The Lottery” is symbolic of chances in life.
  • The character's name Mr. Graves in “The Lottery” are symbolic of tombstones and death.
  • The character's name Mr. Summers in “The Lottery” is symbolic of a contradiction the reader’s expectation of summer.
  • Typically in life people take a lot of chances and risks. As a rule taking risks foreshadows something wonderful that could backfire horribly wrong. Therefore the fact that if you are picked in the lottery means death is symbolic of risks or chances in life.
  • The symbol that represents my own life is a flood
  • Typically graves are what label people when they are buried after death. As a rule the word grave denotes a negative connotation. Therefore The name “Mr. Graves” indicates a grave or horrible future for the chosen person.
  • Typically summer is warm and full of joy. As a rule the word summer denotes warm and joyful thoughts and is often mixed with a positive connotation. Therefore Mr. Summers organizing the lottery, an annual arrangement of the death of an innocent person contradicts the connotation of the word summer.
  • Typically when one thinks of a flood they think of, suddenness, chaos, and fear. As a rule a flood is a mass amount of water rapidly moving into one area. Therefore a flood is a symbol of my life because my life is also very chaotic and full of sudden unexpected circumstances.
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