In this case, the parent wanted desperately not to see the truth, whereas the son wanted it desperately to be revealed.
A third story written by Shirley Jackson entitled "The Lottery" deals with irony, in both the plot and the people's reactions.
Just before I began to read “Let Me Tell You,” the latest posthumous collection of Shirley Jackson’s writing, I drove to Ohio.
For the eight hours of that trip, and during several days when I was visiting my mother and sisters, I listened to an audiobook of Jackson’s “The Lottery and Other Stories.” This may have been a mistake.
Shirley Jackson's short stories make very strong comments about mankind, and people's reactions to episodes in their life.
In Shirley Jackson's short story "After You My Dear Alphonse", the common reaction of stereotyping is displayed.Yet there was a time when English majors devoured “The Armed Vision,” Hyman’s strongly opinionated survey of 20th-century criticism, and graduate students carried copies of “The Tangled Bank,” his study of Darwin, Marx, J. Since Jackson died of heart failure at 48 in 1965, her work has never lacked for admirers, especially among aficionados of contes cruels and tales of existential disorientation.“The Lottery” itself remains the rare classic that, once read, is never forgotten.She takes a typical family and shows that behind what is visible to us, could be something no one expected.In this story, a mother refuses to look at what is right under her nose, for fear of discovering something that she doesn't want to see- her precious innocent little boy causing serious trouble.Just buy the handy Library of America volume that comprises the writer’s two greatest novels, “The Haunting of Hill House” (1959) and “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” (1962), the entire contents of “The Lottery” collection (1949) and an assortment of other stories, including such favorites as “One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts” and “The Summer People.” Editor Joyce Carol Oates even includes two of the best episodes — in their original short-story form — from Jackson’s 1952 family memoir, “Life Among the Savages”: the sly “Charles,” about a kindergarten terror, and “The Night We All Had Grippe,” which the critic Stanley Edgar Hyman dubbed the funniest thing written since James Thurber’s “My Life and Hard Times.” Of course, being the author’s husband, Hyman wasn’t wholly disinterested in his judgment.In a foreword to “Let Me Tell You,” Ruth Franklin — who is at work on a biography of Jackson — laments that this once-noted reviewer and Bennington College teacher is now sadly unread. While Hyman’s moment may have passed, Franklin asserts that Jackson’s star is “steadily rising.” This, I think, is only partly true.In the short stories written by Shirley Jackson, the author shows the reader how people act in different life situations.Good examples of her stories that portray this are "Charles", "The Lottery", and "After You My Dear Alphonse".Not that the recording — featuring the voice work of Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Kathe Mazur and Stefan Rudnicki — was other than superb.The problem was that these stories were such breathtaking marvels that they made virtually everything in “Let Me Tell You” seem trivial and inconsequential.