Summary Of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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In her Story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson uses attention to detail. Many of the seeming less unconscious details throughout the story foreshadows the gruesome conclusion. In the second paragraph, the kids are seen putting stones in their pockets and making a pile of them. This act is seen as innocent play because a child’s natural tendency is to be mischievous. However, when school ends, they seem uneasy because they know what the stones will be used for. The author on the other hand, does not reveal the use of them which builds up tension. These stones are used to attack the winner of the lottery and kill him/her. These children were indoctrinated into this practice and are almost victimized by adults. Jackson builds up suspense in the story by purposely withholding information. The use of the stones is not revealed until the end of the story. With the use of details, foreshadowing, and suspension, Shirley Jackson is able to create a violent and surprising conclusion to her story.
Tessie Hutchinson was late to the lottery. She is portrayed as different because everyone is supposed to be at the lottery on time. She on the other hand, was too carried away by doing chores in her home. She always participates but claims she forgot what day it was. When Tessie shows up, Mr. Summer states, “Thought we were going to have to get on without you” (Jackson 421). This is eerie and can even be seen as a sign of her fate. As soon as names are called out to draw out a slip of paper, the
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