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Student’s NameInstructor Course Date Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is narrated from an objective, third-person point of view. The author has been positioned as externally from the story and is not involved in the proceedings of the Lottery, and the Lottery exposes little on the feelings as well as the thoughts of the characters. The only way that the feelings and the thoughts of the characters can be known is through the description of their dialogue tags or even their behaviors in the story. The absence of the feelings, as well as the thoughts, creates a contract between the violence of the actions of the characters and their apparent civility, and the story takes a detached apathetic tone since the readers of the story do not know what they are thinking.  The readers of the story are not given the sense that anyone cares about the death of Tessie, thus causing an increase in disparity between the reaction of the reader and the reaction of the character. “The Lottery” has been one of the famous stories in the US culture as well as its culture; hence, it has been adapted for televisions, radio, theater, and sometimes even ballet. The Lottery takes place 27th June in a small village in England where all the civilians in the village are meeting for their traditional annual Lottery, and even though the occasion first appears to be festive, eventually, it comes open that no one in the village wishes to win the Lottery. The significant issues that could be evident from the story are how twisted people are, the dissonant contrasts, hints of unease what “The Lottery” really means.  How Twisted People AreOne of the most exciting parts of the Lottery is that it describes how twisted people are where one of the neighbors from the village and an excellent friend to Tessie has a brief chat with her before the Lottery began. Still, Tessie gives as refreshing hint stating that Delacroix had selected a stone that was too huge that she had to pick it up with both hands (Jackson 4). This reminds the readers two different things; the first thing is the distinction of Freud between the instinct of life and the death instincts of the human beings, the instinct of death seems like the `destructive instinct.’ It allows individuals to behave violently and destructively. When this chance was issued to Delacroix selects the most significant stone that was around to throw to her neighbor, who was chatting; hence, destructive tendencies cannot be avoided. The second thing that one can easily associate with the behavior of Delacroix is an experiment when one is studying psychology, one can be shocked with the Milgram Shock Experiment, and moist the shock was as a result of the obedience and the tendency to the violence of people (Fenigstein 590). The Lottery talks about two different styles of obedience; one can believe that it is a critical analysis of the individuals towards their traditions, but if one can think dipper, most of the traditions usually originate from the disturbing beliefs but in most cases just calling them `traditions’ usually legitimizes this disturbing thought and makes the truth behind it even harder to be recognized. Naming this dark story where an individual chooses to be terminated as `lottery’ makes it completely unrealizable. There is no winner, either a loser in this game, hence calling the loser, and their death as an indication of sacrifice is just the same as the notion of legitimization (Landau 13). This makes it difficult for one to understand that it is a harsh procedure and that individuals are even dying with this belief so that they can cover up the whole story and make others trust that they died due to a reason. In that case, the primary purpose and the reason behind the Lottery are only to ensure that there are better seasons to ensure that the people have better harvests, killing another person that you know. Living with the same neighbor and also killing them with one’s bare hands as well as the use of the stones as a community just for this cause, not that much of a satisfying answer.Dissonant ContrastsThe Lottery achieves its terrifying impacts mainly through the use of contracts by the author, by which she keeps the expectations of the readers at odds with the main actions of the narrative. The picturesque setting of the narrative dramatically contrasts with the horrific violence of the end. When boys start gathering stones, it is assumed that it is their playful behavior, and the readers of the story might start imagining that everybody has gathered them for something special like a parade or a picnic. Just as the family gatherings and the conducive weather, the reader of the story might be expecting something good, just like the word “Lottery,” which signifies something excellent to the winner. When the reader learns what the winner gets is more horrific since everyone expected something to form what the winner gets in the story ultimately. Just like the peaceful setting of the story, the casual manner of the villagers as they make jokes to one another belies on the violence that is to come. The author notes that the village is just small and that the Lottery can be “through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner.” (Jackson 3 par5). The perspective if the narrator seems to completely align with the villagers, so the proceedings have been narrated just in the same matter-of-fact that is used by the villagers. Village men stood talking of some of the common issues like the rain and planting, the taxes, and the tractors. The Lottery, like the teenage club, the square dances, Halloween plan, is just another way that Mr. Summers performs the civic actions. The audience of the story may find out that the additional cases of murder make the Lottery a bit diverse for the square dance (Hakaraia 137). The villagers, as well as the narrator of the story, do not find the difference between the Lottery and the square dance. This makes the story achieve its terrifying effects through the skills that the author has used in writing it.Hints of UneaseIf the villagers narrated in the story were merely numb to the violence-if in any because Jackson had misled the audience of the story about where the whole story was heading to- then the Lottery would not have been that famous. As the story progresses, the author offers some escalating clues to show that something was not just correct. Before the Lottery started, the people kept a space from the stool where the black box was, and they hesitate when Mr. Summers pleaded for some assistance from the villagers. This is not the behavior that anyone would expect to see from people who are just waiting for a lottery. It still seems unanticipated how the villagers converse as if drawing the tickets is just a hard task that needs a man to perform. Mr. Summers asks Janey Dunbar, “Don’t you have a grown boy to do it for you, Janey?” (Jackson 4 par5). Everybody in the village congratulates the Watson boy for drawing for his family. The whole story of the Lottery is just tense. The villagers do not look around for one another. Mr. Summers, together with the men that were drawing the slops of the paper, pin, look at each other humorously and nervously (Anoosheh, Sayed & Muhammad 31). During the first reading of the story by anyone, they might be stripped by these details, but they can as well be explained in various ways. For example, the villagers are anxious because they need to win. Once Tessie Hutchinson cried that it was not fair, the audiences come into a realization that there was tension as well as violence in the story all through.  What is The Meaning of “The Lottery”There are a variety of interpretations of “The Lottery” in different stories. Regardless of the number of interpretations that one favor on, “The Lottery” is at its center a story about the human ability for violence, most notably when such violence is connected to an appeal to the tradition or even communal order. The author narrates that “no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.” (Jackson 6 par6). Even though the villagers would wish to picture that they are preserving their custom, the bare truth is that the villagers can memorize tiny details. The box itself does not serve as the origin. Rumor rotates around the salutes ad the songs, and no one seems to understand how the tradition began. The only thing that remains reliable in the story is the violence that gives some sign of priorities to the villagers. Even though the villagers have forgotten about the original black box as well as the ritual, they can as well remember how to muse stones. The darkest moment in the Lottery is when the author bluntly states, “A stone hit her on the side of the head.” (Jackson 4 par6). The sentence is grammatically structured to mean that no one threw the stone. All the villagers have participated, and no single individual eventually takes responsibility for the murder. According to the explanation of Jackson, that is the main reason why this kind of barbaric tradition continues.ConclusionThere are still some more issues that could come out of the story. The above are some of the issues that could come into my mind while reading the story. I hope that everyone reads this masterpiece by Shirley Jackson and see how they could understand the story. For those who have already read the story, I hope they will be encouraged to look at the story from a different perspective.Work CitedAnoosheh, Sayed Mohammad, and Muhammad Hussein Oroskhan. “Examining Durkheim’s Model of Suicide on Shirley Jackson’s” The Lottery.” International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (2018): 31.Fenigstein, Allan. “Milgram’s shock experiments and the Nazi perpetrators: A contrarian perspective on the role of obedience pressures during the Holocaust.” Theory & Psychology 25.5 (2015): 581-598.Hakaraia, Teresa. “Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery,’  and WilliamEmpson’ss Seven Types of Ambiguity” Humanities 8.3 (2019): 137.Jackson, Shirley.”The lottery”The New Yorker 26 (1948)Landau, Samantha.”Occult Influences in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery” ” = Gakuen 936 (2018): 11-21.