Whoever gets it on the second draw gets stones hurled at he or she until they are no longer living.This book has an irony mode of literature for many reasons.These can range from harmless traditions such as easter egg hunts and Christmas trees to far more harmful traditions such as racism, sexism, and even war.
This helps to strengthen both the surprise and horror of the story.
In addition, it helps to keep the reader from catching onto the basic idea of the story.
The prize of winning the lottery is death, that is ironic.
When most people think of a lottery they think of the winner getting a large some of money or something else that would have a positive impact on their life.
There is no explanation of this at this point in the story and most readers will miss the significance of those actions because they don’t understand them, but it makes the end of the story a realization rather than a surprise.
There are many signs of the tension of the day throughout the story, but most of them more subtle than piles of rocks.Beyond that of the scapegoat and humankind’s basic nature, the other theme of this story is one of tradition.Specifically, it is commenting on those things that people do simply because that is what has always been done.The reader has to feel the cohesion of the story in ways that are easy to miss in the first reading.Without this, the end of the story will feel far more like being blindsided than it does a twist. In the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson winning the lottery means losing your life.Every one in the village has to pick a slip of paper out of the box. Then the family of the person who picked the black dot slip takes another slip.The main character knew her husband had picked the slip with the black dot, she demanded a redraw and she herself ended up getting the slip with the black dot.Another characteristic is that the main character is stupid and weak.Along with being ironic this short story also has the characteristics needed to be classified as an irony mode of literature. Losing your life as a prize for winning the lottery fortunately isn't realistic.Another characteristic is that the main character can do no right.