The Lottery

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The Creative Company, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery is a memorable and terrifying masterpiece, fueled by a tension that creeps up on you slowly without any clear indication of why. This is just a townful of people, after all, choosing their numbers for the annual lottery. What's there to be scared of?

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This is a collection of short stories, all rather grim. The Daemon Lover is James Harris in the story of that name, but he reappears in most of the later stories as different people of the same name ... Read full review

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This was a story that frightened me as much as it made me wonder, “what is the point of the lottery?”. I disliked the idea of winning the lottery just to be killed my friends and family by stones and rocks.; but, it's interesting to read about the way the town has a ritual so morbid and violent be a normal way of life to them. I thought the plot twisted when Old Man Warner thinks the villages that gave up the lottery are a, “pack of crazy fools’’. I mean, who doesn’t want to win a lottery? So, I felt that something peculiar might happen next. As it turned out, something did happen. Tessie Hutchinson was thrown stones at until she died. Which, is a bit harsh, don’t you think? I think Shirley Jackson wrote this story to show that everything isn’t always what it seems. 

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Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco, California on December, 14, 1919. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University in 1940. Much of her writing was done during the years she was raising her children. She is best-known for the short story The Lottery, which was first published in 1948 and adapted for television in 1952 and into play form in 1953. Her published works include articles, nonfiction prose, plays, poetry, seven novels, and fifty-five short stories. Her other works include Life among the Savages, Raising Demons, The Haunting of Hill House, which was adapted to film, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. She died on August 8, 1965 at the age of 45.

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