Aspects of a short story in The Lottery

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Aspects of a Short Story There are many characteristics that influence a short story such as: setting, theme, atmosphere, symbolism, imagery, and tone. Often, these characteristics can completely change the meaning of the story. In The Lottery, the setting, symbolism, and theme are three of the major aspects that affect the outcome of the story. The Lottery is set in a small town in which people stick to things that have always been. The narrator says, “the original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in the town, was born Continue...


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It is funny that their population needed to be controlled due to the fact that there were "only about three hundred people in the town. If the person approached the box and drew a piece of paper with a dot on it, they were to be stoned to death by the rest of the town. The entire reasoning behind the lottery is population control. From this we can see that in this small town atmosphere people hold to the lottery every year, because it is something that even the oldest man in town remembers doing as a child. Often, one may not have conceived these translations without the point of view of the other reader. The author also tells the reader that the lottery has been done since before even the oldest man in town was born. Especially after reading the story and seeing that the box contained the future of a person's life. In conclusion, the ending of The Lottery is supported by many different characteristics, which include the setting, symbolism, and theme. Theme of a story projects different mental pictures, or thoughts, to the audience . The "black box that is used in the lottery is referred to several times throughout the story, and one could easily derive that the black color of the box is symbolic of death. These aspects intertwined with the reader's point of view, often affect the way one interprets the short story. With this in mind, the reasoning behind the lottery could also be argued as it being a tradition, which everyone had accepted as the norm.

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