Class Minutes for Tuesday Sept 14th - "The Lottery" Class 2
2. Symbolism in "The Lottery" Jackson uses symbols to convey her
message. There names of many of the characters are important because they give
clues (foreshadow) the outcome of the lottery. For example, Mr. Graves’ name represents death
and Mrs. Hutchinson’s name is symbolic of the historical figure Anne
Hutchinson, who was banished because of her heretical beliefs. Two of the important and central symbols of
the story are the black box and the three-legged stool.
3. Review of theme statements A theme has two parts: a subject
(topic) and a predicate (the author’s opinion or message on that topic).
4. Theme statement for "The Lottery" In the short story, “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson
uses the symbols the black box and the three-legged stool to suggest that
tradition can be dangerous without reason.
5. Homework: None. Next class there will be an in-class paragraph on symbolism in "The Lottery"