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Analysis of Setting in


            A Setting Analysis of “The Lottery”.
            
             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 place himself in the environment the author creates for him.


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