Irrepresive Individuals

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Thus, when the violent reality of the lottery is exposed our discomfort is augmented by the empathy we have gained for the all-American villagers (Brooks 72-73). Jackson's use of irony in this case is so effective that the publication of "The Lottery" by The New Yorker in 1948 provoked an unprecedented torrent of mail from readers believing that the ritual described in the story was factual and demanding to know where it was practiced ("Morning" 1195)...
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As Mary Kittredge has commented, abrupt endings which expose an abnormal reality beneath the superificial order demonstrate that "the line between the cruel and the comedic is sometimes vanishingly narrow" (qtd. in Votteler 249). To the cruel and the comedic may be added the magical and the ordinary, as well as true human nature and societally regimented order...
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