Irony And Symbolism In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Shirley Jackson enlightens readers about the perils of blindly following traditions via exposing the rituals within “The Lottery” as antiquated through her adoption of the literary elements foreshadowing, irony, and symbolism. As the author employs foreshadowing, a gift to readers to foresee what lays ahead, readers must relate to the clues provided if they desire an insight as to what is to come. Likewise, much like the protagonist Tessie Hutchinson, people can go through life without paying attention to the clues readily available to them, which lead to valuable information pertaining to a clear understanding, however, ignorance does not save them from facing the consequences of their actions. Jackson uses irony in a way that forces her audience