Shirley Jacksons, “The lottery” is a story that takes place in a small village, where the citizens are required to participate in a close and tradition paramount event. It is called “the lottery”. It is later then that the reader soon finds out, that unlike most lotteries this is not a lottery that a person hopes to win but instead it is replaced with their regretted feelings. Although the reader does not find out what the prize of the lottery is until the end, this significant twist creates a mysterious effect at the start at but also a shocking turning point until the end. This seems that the writer is trying to make a statement about evil, that it shows the inhumanity of people.
The story begins with sounds of happy children in the background who have been gathering stones while the Men and Woman gossip as they wait for the lottery. “Soon the Men began to gather, surveying their own children, speaking of the planting and the rain, tractors and taxes”. This shows the reader some of the villagers have mixed emotions about the lottery. Even though that the opening does not have anything to do with the main idea of the story it still increases the suspense of the story greatly.
Repetition of foreshadowing is also introduced allot at the beginning of the story, about what the childrens are doing with the piles of stones or that Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves names identifies the mood of the short story when they are compared to each other. Mr. Summers name signifies the mood of the short story as being joyful or happy which represents the lotteries mood at the beginning. As Mr. Graves name identifies the mood of the story being dead, this symbolizes the stories final outcome at the end.
The reader knows that the story begins with a clear sunny summer morning on the 27th of June. This gives the story a peaceful start which gives its suspense because it seems like any other lotteries.
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