The Lottery

A gruesome win by Sasha R.

Summary Of the Lottery

The lottery is about a small town close to the middle of no where. It's a bright sunny day, this does not match the events about to occur. Each year this town holds a tradition, an incredibly dark tradition. The 'winner' of the lottery ends up getting stoned to death.
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (Summary) - Minute Book Report

Point of View

The point of view in The Lottery in third person objective. This is known because you aren't told the thoughts and or feelings of and character, the narrator and yourself is simply a detached observer.

Literary Devices in The Lottery

Some literary devices found in the lottery include metaphors, although not easily seen or noticed, personification, and simile. An example of each are the following. Metaphor - the black box itself is a metaphor towards death. Simile - When Tessie taps Mrs. Delacroix as a "farewell", which is also ironic as she is truly saying farewell ending up the winner of the lottery. And finally personification - this is evident when Mr. Graves drops the slips of paper on the ground and "caught them and lifted them off." Which gives the wind the ability to catch, which is a human characteristic.

Critique

I liked the story, but the ending was rather unexpected. The pacing of the book was good as well. It stayed on topic and didn't jump from scene to scene. Overall this is a book that makes a person think. If I were to recommend this book, I most definitely would not recommend it to any class under fourth grade. In fact i was even rather dark for some peers in my grade. I personally recommend this to any grade after eighth.