May 2005
Literary Cavalcade;May2005, Vol. 57 Issue 8, p21
The article focuses on Shirley Jackson, the author of one of the world's most famous short stories "The Lottery." Shirley Jackson (1919-1965) was a master of twist endings and seemingly light tales that hid a dark underbelly of human cruelty and madness. In her story "One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts," a genial little man, Mr. Johnson, leaves home one morning to carry out one good deed after another. He smiles kindly at strangers on the street, hands out peanuts and candy to passersby, gives lunch money to a beggar, and helps a young couple find an apartment. Every life touched by Mr. Johnson is brightened or improved. But, at the end of his day, Mr. Johnson returns home, to his wife. This is how the story ends.


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