The Lottery and Other Stories

Questions: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

8. Examine the symbolism in the story. Comment on the significance of the following:

c)the names and roles of Summers and Graves

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The names are both ironic. Mr. Summers is a happy name yet he is in charge of the carnage every year. Mr. Graves, who helps with community activities, reflects the end process or activity to be done after the sacrifice.