My Initial Reaction to the Various Forms of Literature

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My Initial Reaction to the Various Forms of Literature


Literature is a complex subject. There are numerous forms of writing. Poetry, plays, short stories, fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, science fiction, the list goes on and on. It is endless. Furthermore, interpretation of each of these works often varies tremendously. Many times there are no wrong answers. Other times, there is only one right. Analysis all depends on the author, the reader, but most of all the words written on paper. The assignment of the day brought to life the complexity that exists. From short stories to poetry, Shirley Jackson, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Black Elk with John G. Neihardt, and Joy Harjo reveals their souls as they give us their form of creativity.

        First, "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson provokes mixed emotions. The story is very well written, and the sentences flow easily. The description of the characters and environment are created with more than a touch of realism.

Initially, reading this story is like standing in the middle of the town watching children, not all that different from my own, stuffing stones in their pockets and listening to their mothers shouting orders more than once or twice. Jackson obtains the reader's attention and curiosity. What will the villagers win if their name is chosen? Indeed. Poor Mrs. Hutchinson should have stayed at home instead of arriving late. The winner doesn't gain money, food, or a prize. Instead, the victor becomes the victim. The black box represents the sins of the town. The author is saying there exists a morbid sense of enjoyment people experience when judging others. For instance, imagine four or five ladies having coffee together, and lady number one informs the other collective gossipers about the outrageous atrocities Mary Jo did last night. For the next...