Write an essay in which you discuss the symbols you observed in "The Chrysanthemums" and/or "The Lottery". How did the author's use of these symbols affect the story and the reader? Include details from the story to support your claim that certain objects seem to be symbolic.
Remember to include a topic sentence for each body paragraph and examples from the story to support your points. Remember to correctly use quotation marks and parenthetical citations for each quote that you use from the text. Finally, write a short concluding paragraph for your essay.
See pages 483-491 in The Little, Brown Handbook, Brief Version for information concerning parenthetical citation.
Draft a "Works Cited" page according to the MLA guidelines found on pages 491-521 in The Little, Brown Handbook, Brief Version, and on the "MLA Works Cited Formatting Page". For this assignment you only need to include the bibliographical information for your primary source.
I will be checking your essay to see that you have included an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement; at least three fully developed body paragraphs which include topic sentences, properly cited quotations, and discussion of your examples from the story; a concluding paragraph that neatly wraps up your essay; and a properly formatted Works Cited page containing a correct listing for your primary source. Also, be sure to check the final draft of your essay for grammar/mechanics and formatting errors prior to submitting it for evaluation. See pages 526 - 530 in The Little, Brown Handbook, Brief Version and the "MLA Document Formatting Page" for information on proper formatting.
Rules of the Lottery:
The stoning to death of a villager (sacrifice) represents a throw back to an ancient fertility ritual--see Paragraph 32, p. 258.
"The Lottery" raises the question: "Are we slaves to tradition even though the tradition has outlived its usefulness?"
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