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The lottery ticket

Short story analysis.

ramiz siddiqui

on 5 December 2013

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Transcript of The lottery ticket

By Anton Chekhov
The Lottery Ticket
Short Story Project
Ivan sits down on the sofa after supper and his wife, Masha asks him to see the newspaper.
Initial Incident
The winning series number matches their ticket series number.
The couple sets aside to look at the ticket number.
The couple begins to daydream about the luxuries they can get from the prize money.
Rising Action
Ivan thinks of Masha’s personal daydream, which will dilapidate everything.
They are not the lucky winner in the lottery.
Both are crestfallen.
Money is the root of all hatred.
Falling Action
The title gives a hint about the stories subject. It also becomes the symbol of hope and disappointment in this story.
Human Vs Human (Ivan Dmitritch Vs Masha Dmitritch):

9 4 9 9
The Lottery Ticket
By: Anton Chekhov
Point of view
Literary Devices
This takes place when the wife, Masha, asked her
husband to read the lottery ticket number, and he
replied having a likely chance of winning and how
they have planty of time to be disappointed,instead they wait and reminisce.
visual Imagery
“His little boy and girl are crawling about near him, digging in the sand catching ladybirds in the grass”.
Ticket symbolizes hope, self-indulgence, greed and disappointment because it causes both Ivan and his wife to become greedy and unhappy.
Figure of speech: There is a personification used in the lottery ticket, example; “green water-weeds nod their heads”.
“Ivan Dmitritch gave a broad, senseless smile, like a baby when a bright object is shown it”.
Personal Connection
- The setting is around late evening, in Ivan and Masha’s house that is seemed to be too Country.

- The atmosphere is suspense.
- Mood is ironic.

Ivan Dmitrich and Masha “He was a middle class man who live with his family on an income of twelve hundred a year and was very well satisfied with his lot..”
Ivan Dmitritch


“His little boy and girl are crawling about near him, digging in the sand or catching ladybirds in the grass. he dozes sweetly, thinking of nothing, and feeling all over that he need not to go to the office today, tomorrow, or the day after”.

There is also relative’s that was mentioned in the story through Ivan’s imagination whom would “ whine like beggars”. shows he’s reluctance to share he’s fortune.


The character’s in the story are dynamic and multi-dimensional because they both developed in course of the narrative.

Human Vs Self (Ivan Dmitritch Vs Himself ):
"The lottery ticket is hers, not mine! Besides, what is the use of her going abroad? What does she want there? She would shut herself up in the hotel, and not let me out of her sight.... I know!".

Human Vs Soceity (Ivan Dmitritch Vs Society):
"It is pleasant to travel alone, or in the society of light, careless women who live in the present, and not such as think and talk all the journey about nothing but their children, sigh, and tremble with dismay over every farthing".
"Anger surged up in his heart against her, and he thought malignantly: She knows nothing about money, and so she is stingy. If she won it she would give me a hundred roubles, and put the rest away under lock and key. And looked at his wife, not with a smile now, but with hatred".

1. A change in one's financial status
should not change who they are.

2. Money cannot buy love.
Third person (Limited ) :

"They are such reptiles!".

"She knows nothing about money,
and so she is stingy".
Significance of titile
1. www.Prezi.com

2. https://www.google.ca/imghp?

1. Who is the author of the story ?

2. Describe the setting of the story ?

3. What is the symbol used in the story ?
Why ?

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