What literary elements were used to make The Lottery by Shirley Jackson?
Readers see this used with the drawings from the black box. In reality, the winner of a drawing gets something good or pleasant. However, in The Lottery, it is just the contrary. The person’s name that is drawn from the box receives death by stoning. This is sure to surprise readers because they assume that the person’s whose name is drawn will get something good until they read further. Another literary element used in Jackson’s story is symbolism. Much symbolism occurs throughout the story with things such as the the people’s names, the black box, and Davy Hutchinson, etc. There are countless of other literary elements used throughout this story such as characterization, allegory, denouement, surprise, etc. and it would take too much room on this page to continue to go into each one in detail.
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