How Does Shirley Jackson Use Foreshadowing In The Lottery

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In Shirley Jackson’s 1949 short story “The Lottery,” takes place on a beautiful June summer day in a fictional location with a universal setting. The town is small, and the lottery does not take very long due to the size of the town. The town people attend the lottery once a year in the square of the village. Shirley Jackson uses foreshadowing in the short story “The Lottery,” by painting a beautiful picture of utopia, and building suspense and horror to keep the reader anxious to find out what is won in the lottery.
In the beginning of the story the setting is perfect. The children gathered first, playing and collecting different size stones and rocks, and placing them in a large pile. “Eventually [they] made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded …show more content…

The paper is forced out of Tess Hutchinson’s hand. “It had a black spot on it, the black spot Mr. Summers had made the night before with the heavy pencil in the coal-company office” (Jackson (395). Tess is the winner, which is going to be stoned to death by her village, and even her son is given stones to throw at her. “The children had stones already, and someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles” (Jackson, 396). The village people were eager and ready to finish the lottery. “Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her” (Jackson, 396). The shocking lottery came to an end with the loss of a life.
Shirley Jackson uses foreshadowing in the short story “The Lottery,” by painting a beautiful picture of utopia, and building suspense and horror to keep the reader anxious to find out what is won in the lottery. Shirley Jackson gives the reader hints throughout the story that come together at the end. Most often lottery is recognized as a winning, and not often is the winner truly the unlucky one. The Author wants the reader to understand that things are not always as they seem. Shirley Jackson leaves the reader in suspense and

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