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The Lottery Ticket

English 11- Theme, Irony, Symbolism, Significance of Title and Author

Maddy Borsella

on 28 October 2012

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The Lottery Ticket By: Anton Chekhov Born in Tanganrog, Russia 1860
Died 1904 Hence old language
(ex. "douche of cold water," "I can fancy,"
The cost of living
(ex. $1 200 a year, $25 000 for an estate...) Professional Life Wrote his first works in medical school was encouraged by friend to pursue Is now one of the greatest short story writers of all time NOTE: I read the story as if it took place
in current day. Honestly, initially I didn't find this story exciting "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress." first play was a flop "the seagull" 1896 Symbolism The lottery ticket The characters' house The trees Lime tree Aspen tree Anton Chekov Writing Style Focus internal drama Imagery character description Internal Drama The action in most of his stories occur within the character The Lottery Ticket: how Ivan's thoughts develop is the "action" in the story without his thoughts the story wouldn't be exciting Imagery Chekhov uses his words to describe the character's environment in our minds (Ex.2) The visual look of how the character is feeling (Ex.2.2) Fat and thin quote Character Description Chekhov's pays clothes attention to the inner description of how the characters are feeling His way of describing how the character feels allows his readers to uncover who that character really is (Ex. 3.1) You can expirience the same
feelings (Ex.3.2) TITLE IRONIC INTERNAL EFFECTS SATIRE *The vast majority of Chekhov's work is satirical* His satire shows how much of an impact money has on people. Chekhov emphasizes how the Dmitrich family are satisfied with their lives so that we can see how their reaction is over the top and senseless. When Ivan starts complaining about his wife's relatives (Ex. 1 SATIRE,) they haven't even won the money yet. Also, it isn't even his ticket, it is his wife's. INTERNAL EFFECTS Because we know that Chekhov
focuses on internal drama, we can predict that "The Lottery Ticket" will not solely be a story about the happiness of winning the lottery. We can predict that the content in "The Lottery Ticket" will be based on the mental and emotional aspects that
come with winning a lottery. IRONY The title itself is a perfect example of Situational Irony When one thinks of a lottery they think of:
*life changing This is the exact opposite of the effect the lottery has on Ivan and his wife Symbol of happiness and
perfection. Symbol of selfishness and
hatefullness. Ivan's true colours Initially, Ivan was “satisfied” being a middle class man who lived with his family. Then Ivan began fantasizing about the posh life he could live if his wife were to win. As Ivan thought about how he would spend the winnings, he began criticizing his wife about how she had “grown old and plain” and that it would be better if he went on vacations alone. Once Ivan learned that the winning ticket was not his wife’s, he was thrown from his daydream and sent back to his bland reality. This triggered the hatred he felt for his wife and family and even the threat of taking his own life. Lottery Luck Moreover, Ivan had “no faith in lottery luck and as a rule would not have considered looking at the winning numbers”. Ivan was now dependent on the lottery and when he found out they had not won; he was devastated to the extent that he planned on hanging himself. This is Situational irony because Anton made the reader believe Ivan was pleased and thankful for life, however, after a chain of thoughts and events, the reader discovered that Ivan truly despised his life to the extent that he threatened to commit suicide. However, once Ivan’s wife’s series number matched the winning number, Ivan immediately abandoned any rule he once had against gambling and was now an instant supporter in the lottery. This is also Situational irony because in the introduction Anton portrayed Ivan to “have no faith in lottery luck” and made Ivan sound like he could care less whether they won the lottery or not. However, in the middle of the Short Story, Ivan was fantasizing about what he would do with the winnings of the lottery while only a few minutes before he did not believe in lottery luck. Finally, Ivan became so dependent on lottery luck that when he learned that his wife’s number was the not the winning ticket he planned on committing suicide. Symbol of greed. Irony in Anton Chekhov’s Short Story The Lottery Ticket Symbol of Ivan and Masha's reality An independent position Ivan brought home the bacon and enjoyed having his family being dependent on him. When the possibility of his wife winning the lottery, Ivan could not accept the fact that she would be in control of the winnings. Ivan became jealous of his wife being that he had no power to stop her from giving away the winnings and only giving him one hundred roubles. Ivan felt his family was no longer dependent on him This is ironic because the winning ticket number has not yet been revealed and Ivan is already thinking about the drastic changes he will encounter. Ivan couldn’t bring himself to think that his wife who “was saturated through and through with the smell of cooking", would take over the financial part of the family. Ivan could not picture himself being in a dependant position.
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