A Setting Analysis of â€œThe Lotteryâ€.
Paschal, â€œan authorâ€™s use of time, place, and .
propsâ€ (374). Even though the setting in a literary work proves successful in achieving .
the authorâ€™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 Jacksonâ€™s â€œThe Lotteryâ€ 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, â€œJune 27th was clear and sunny, with the .
fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass .
was richly greenâ€ (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 â€œThe Lottery,â€ Jackson successfully shows that civilization often .
uses cruel and savage acts in the name of tradition.
The first important analysis of setting in Jacksonâ€™s â€œThe Lotteryâ€ 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.