Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery” (1948):
1.A literary theme is a statement made about the ultimate meaning of a text. The best statements of theme are in the form of a sentence that reads something like this: (The author) is trying to tell the reader (something important) about (something important). So, what do you think Shirley Jackson is trying to say about some specific issues? (120words)
2.Shirley Jackson includes lots of interesting characters in her short story, “The Lottery.” Which one do you think is the most important and why? Add a quote or two to support your answer. (120words)
Shirley Jackson is trying to show the reader the position of women in the society back in 1948 and the superior position of men regardless of age. For example, she states that the women came “wearing faded house dresses and sweaters” (Jackson, 1949). The children did not take command from their mothers as seriously as they did their fathers. The women had to call them four or five times for them to come and even then they came reluctantly. Bobby came quickly after the father sharply called him. Mrs. Dunhar said that she would draw for her husband who had broken his leg but as a tradition, Mr. Summer asked, “Don’t you have a grown boy to do it for you, Janey?” (Jackson, 1949). Shirley Jackson is trying to tell the leader that gender inequality is a problem since history……….
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