"Gaul is a whole divided into three parts," from Caesar's Gallic Wars, Book 1.
"The Daemon Lover"
An English ballad about a man named James Harris who, scorned by his first love, returns to steal her away from her husband and takes her to hell.
feeling or experience of detachment
a confusing, unclear, or two-sided term or condition
a drug similar to morphine used to treat pain
civil, proper behavior
the chief of the dining staff
nuances or special characteristics of speech or expression
accessories or various associated items
ill-humored, often to the point of being rude
pillar of salt
a biblical reference to the fate of Lot's wife. Against God's orders in Genesis, she turned to look back at the destruction of Sodom and was punished by being turned into a pillar of salt. Salt may represent tears of loss.
concerning emotional troubles embodied in bodily symptoms
R. H. Macy
Rowland Hussey Macy Sr., the founder of the department store Macy's
to separate into groups
The Charterhouse of Parma
an 1839 novel written by Stendhal, a French writer
the art of making it seem that one is not speaking when one really is, often making use of a doll or "dummy" made to seem to be the speaker
William Butler Yeats
a famous Irish poet and dramatist (he received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923)
The Lottery and Other Stories Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The Lottery and Other Stories is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The first time I read it, many years ago, I was surprised by the ending. I knew something strange was up because of the irony and tension in the air. I did not clue into the final climax though. Shirley Jackson shapes her narrative so well that...
Characters are separated by gender, age, and family. Tessie comes across as rather flippant about the lottery. She pretends she was doing dishes and "forgot" about the meeting. In reality nobody forgets the lottery because they, or a loved one,...
The Lottery and Other Stories literature essays are academic essays for citation. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson.