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Opening the Black Box

October 19th 2016

RACHEL STEVENSON discovers how figurative language divulges meaning in Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’: ‘The box, representing both tradition and death, makes Jackson’s point clearly – to carry on with tradition and ritual equals death. This can be taken both literally, in the case of Tessie Hutchinson, the ‘winner’ of the Lottery, and figuratively, in the sense that if societies don’t move on, they will be wiped out by progress…’

Subtle Brilliance

January 7th 2015

HAYLEY N. JONES learns some valuable writing lessons from ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson: ‘Its brilliant subtlety draws me into a world that is both horrifying and horribly like my own…’

Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Witch’

October 30th 2013

What do we think of when we hear the word ‘witch’? We think of someone dark and evil, someone to be feared…’ EVER DUNDAS takes a look at Shirley Jackson’s controversial short story ‘The Witch’.

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