The Lottery - SIFT

The Lottery - SIFT
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  • It wasn't fair!
  • Imagery
  • Figurative Language
  • Wouldn't have me leave my m'dishes in the sink, now, would you, Joe?
  • Thought we were going to have to get on without you, Tessie.
  • The color black in The Lottery symbolizes death.  For example, on lines 48-49, it says "...Mr Summers set the black box down on [the stool] it. The villagers kept their distance, leaving a space between themselves and the stool..." The villagers are apprehensive of the box because of what is could cause. Additionally, the symbol that sentences you to death is a black dot on a piece of paper, furthering the trend that black symbolizes death.
  • Tone and Theme
  • Come on, come on, everyone.
  • Come on. Hurry up!
  • At the end of the story, imagery is used to describe the stoning of Tessie Hutchinson  and the events leading up to it. An example is on lines 321-323, where it reads "Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of the cleared space now, and she held her hands out desperately...  A stone hit her on the side of the head." This is imagery because it creates an image of the people throwing rocks at Tessie while he begs for mercy.
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  • Shirley Jackson uses dialect throughout the dialogue to make the villages sound like they share a common culture. On lines 125-126 within the text, Tessie says "Wouldn't have me leave m'dishes in the sink, now, would me?" The way she ended the sentence with a question and combined my and dishes to say "m'dishes" is all apart of the villagers' dialect.
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  • The tone throughout the story is calm and blunt. The writer shows no emotion, even though something horrible is taking place. For example. starting on line 310 it says, "Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual... they still remembered to use stones." The author is talking about someone being stoned, but says it in such a blunt way that it is as if she's reading it off a script in a monotone.
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