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Analysis of Setting in

             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 literary setting as it allows the
             reader to identify and pl

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