The Lottery Essay

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They Lottery By Shirley Jackson “The Lottery” is a story written so that the reader can cite a point on a third-person view to form tension and predict the outcome of the story. The lottery focuses around a village on the day of their annual lottery. The purpose of the lottery is to ensure enough rain to have a good corn crop the following June. “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon”, “First thing you know, we’d all be eating stewed chickweed and acorns”. The way the lottery worked was all the families picked out a ticket out of a “black wooden box”, and the family that picks the ticket with a black dot plays against each other. Then the family puts the tickets back in the box and the person that gets the ticket with the black dot from the family “wins”. 1 “Morning of June 27 was clear and sunny, with fresh warmth of a full-summer day; flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green.” It’s as if Jackson is trying to comfort the readers with a warm feeling, as if it’s normal to do what they’re doing. Essentially, the story revolves around the misguided belief that if the villagers sacrifice one of their own they would have good corn crops. Jackson makes the story seem normal in the beginning by making her tone of voice laid-back as if it’s any other day in the village. For example, “the people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o’clock”. As the story goes on, Jackson’s tone of voice went from being calm to a little nervousness. As the drawing begins, the villagers are suddenly “quite, wetting their lips, not looking around”. The readers are left to understand the serious mood swing from people being joyful, laughing, to nervousness and “humorless grins”. The tension swiftly builds up and the scene becomes threatening as Mrs. Hutchinson’s cheerful expression unexpectedly goes away to

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