Discusses the failure of scholars to consider Shirley Jackson's fictional techniques in short story 'Seven Types of Ambiguity,' such as a possible ruse in the story and the subtle ambiguity based on the ruse and suggested by the story's title. One of the most remarkable books of literary criticism of the twentieth century, Seven Types of Ambiguity: A Study of Its Effects on English Verse was composed in three weeks at the end of its. The Lottery and Other Stories study guide contains a biography of author Shirley Jackson, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Seven Types of Ambiguity is a work of literary criticism by William Empson which was first published in It was one of the most influential critical works of the 20th century and was a key foundation work in the formation of the New Criticism school. Footnote: The story ends without telling you what happens after the couple leaves the shop, so as the reader you infer what could have happened afterward. Theme The story opens with Mr. Harris and a boy in the basement room of a bookstore. They are minding their own business.
Interesting to note, but as I've never read it, I'm sure any significance in the fact goes right over my head. Harris had popped into yet another story. I knew early on, after reading a mention of it in a review of an earlier story, that James Harris the Daemon Lover would be making repeated appearances, throughout the book. As I've mentioned before, I tend not to pay much attention to names in short stories.
MANIPULATION IN SHIRLEY JACKSON'S 'SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY'
I guess it seems pointless, when I'm not going to be spending more than a few pages with them. Well, this time I did take note, because it seemed almost humorously appropriate that he spends his days working in a dark basement. I've only read parts of it, because I didn't want to risk spoiling the stories I haven't read yet, but it's interesting. The way the "big man" spoke about reading and books: The college student goes out of his way to help Mr.
Big Man make a list of authors that he and his wife will enjoy-- a simple gesture of goodwill.
In return for that kindness, Mr. Big Man buys the one rare book that he knows the student has been longing to buy for who-knows-how-long. Furthermore, this is a book that Mr. Big Man and his wife will never be able to understand or even care to read.
He buys it out of spite, just to keep the student from owning it.
You read along, hoping that Mr. Big Man will buy the rare book for the student-- but never really expecting it to happen, because this is Shirley Jackson we're dealing with, and people don't just go around doing nice things for each other in most of her work.
Of course he buys the book out from underneath the kid. What else would he do? I'm going to need some soft, sweet fluff, when I'm done with this book!