Posted: February 9th, 2022

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

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Important: Please do not use outside sources for this assignment. Only use the texts provided. The use of outside sources will result in a zero for the assignment**Read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson (The Bedford Introduction to Literature pages 192-197) and **answer the following questions** (**Not the questions at the end of the text**) in approximately 400-500 words:

  1. Why has Jackson (the author) chosen common people for her characters? Could she have chosen characters from other levels of sophistication with the same effect? What is the irony of this choice? (Answer in 1-2 paragraphs)
  2. How is ironic description used in this story? Give two examples from the text in 1-2 paragraphs.
  3. What lesson or moral does this story convey? Explain in 2 paragraphs with 2 examples from the text.
  4. How does this text connect with the ideas discussed from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave? Use at least two topics from Plato with two examples from this text in approximately 2-3 paragraphs. (Ideas from Plato: A. Limits of Perception B. Importance of Enlightenment / Education C. Creating Value Systems).
    Requirements: 400-500 words

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