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:

d) the purposeful mispronunciation of Delacroix

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This represents the general incompetence and disinterest in the understanding of both the people and the "tradition". Delacroix is derived from the French, meaning "of the cross" or fructification of Christ. Mr. Summers, however, lacks the knowledge or motivation to get even these basic names and symbols right.