Foreshadowing The Lottery

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"Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the the villagers moved in on her," It isn 't fair," she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head. Old Man Warner was saying,"Come one, come on." Steve Adams was in the front of the crowd of villagers, with mrs. Graves beside him. "It isn 't fair, it isn 't right,"Mrs. Hutchinson screamed and then they were upon her." This is an exert from Shirley Jackson 's short story "The Lottery." This fragment is from the ending of the story, and already it adds suspense and a tinge of foreshadowing to the story. The other two reasons that make it a good story is the ending itself and the entirety of this mysterious lottery. This story is the best because of the entire mystery of it that makes you read until the very end. A number of things can be said about the mysterious lottery in the story. Instead of the lottery beginning it is withheld. No one speaks of the lottery, except for the occasional whispered words that leave readers confused. Furthermore, everyone is required to attend and all men must participate. The children even have to be there in case their own family is chosen. No clear reason is revealed about this until the end. In contrast to a normal lottery,…show more content…
The lottery 's story contains a plethora of suspense and volumes of foreshadowing. The first example is the children children gathering stones and placing them in a pile. It is seen as an innocent game, but the true intentions are for a much more malicious use. A further example of foreshadowing is Mr. Dunbar 's injury. The injury is perceived as just an accident possibly from work, but he may be the lottery winner of the last years drawing. Although the story slowly reveals minuscule answers, major information is withheld until the end. None of the villagers speak of the lottery except some small and overlooked minor details. To conclude, the story shows a healthy portion of foreshadowing and
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