Analysis of Setting in

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A Setting Analysis of "The Lottery 

Setting is, as defined by Dr. Hugh H. Paschal, "an author's use of time, place, and

props  (374). Even though the setting in a literary work proves successful in achieving

the author's desired outcome, readers often neglect its importance. Using realism, the

author brings the reader into his work and the environment feels natural to him. Setting

can influence what the character does. His environment may contribute to his

personality, values, attitudes, and problems. Organization provides the familiarity of a

setting, allowing the reader to form a mental picture of the scene. Through detailed

illustrations the author sets the atmosphere or mood of their work. Irony in setting allows

the reader various insights of a literary work than what was initially presented

(Paschal 46-49). For example, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery  initially offers a sense of

calmness and peace in an ordinary town and leaves the reader in shock with the stoning

of a random member in the community. First, Jackson uses the aspect of time to describe

the season the work takes place. She writes, "June 27th was clear and sunny, with the

fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass

was richly green  (138). Secondly, Jackson sets the location of the literary work in the

town square between the post office and the bank, leaving the reader to believe this is a

small town. Lastly, she uses props such as smooth, round stones and the lottery box. In

analyzing the setting of "The Lottery,  Jackson successfully shows that civilization often

uses cruel and savage acts in the name of tradition.

The first important analysis of setting in Jackson's "The Lottery  is the aspect of

time in which the story takes place. Time is crucial in a l

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