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In many stories settings are constructed to help build the mood and to foreshadow of things to come The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a story in which the setting sets up the reader to think of positive outcomes However this description of the setting foreshadows exactly the opposite of what is to come In addition the theme that we learn of at the end leads us to think of where the sanity of some human beings lies The story begins with the establishment of the setting To begin Shirley Jackson tells the reader what time of day and what time of year the story takes place This is important to get the reader to focus on what a typical day it is in this small town The time of day is set in the morning and the time of year is early summer She also describes that school has just recently let out for summer break letting the reader infer that the time of year is early summer Shirley Jackson also seems to stress on the beauty of the day and the brilliance of nature This provides the positive outlook and lets the reader relax into what seems to be a comfortable setting for the story In addition the description of people and their actions are very typical and not anomalous Children play happily women gossip and men casually talk about farming Everyone is coming together for what seems to be enjoyable festive even celebratory occasion However the pleasant description of the setting creates a faade within the story The setting covers the very ritualistic and brutally violent traditions such as the stoning of Mrs Hutchinson who dared to defy tradition It is very apparent that tradition is very coveted in this small simple town This can be proven by the ancient black box used for the lottery and the significance of farming for the community Farming is also the only known way of
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