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The Work of The Mind of Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson is the author of two very unique short stories titled The Lottery and The Possibility of Evil She has a very odd style of writing and plot Her themes are usually pertaining to the peculiar things that humans the smartest being on the planet will do upon one another Shirleys stories are full of foreshadowing as in the lottery and the other boys soon followed selecting the smoothest and roundest stones Jackson p33 Most of the foreshadowing is not recognized until you read the story a second time The first time you read it you are wondering why the kids are collecting rocks until the end The rest of her foreshadowing was used to create suspense She changes your thoughts on what will happen just when you think you have it figured out The mood which is set in both stories becomes more and more intense as the story proceeds In The Lottery you are kept wondering if there was a little more to the outcome of the lottery than what you would think in our modern day lottery The Possibility of Evilis all about a quiet little lady in her little town and at any moment you think that something drastic is going to happen especially with such a title as The Possibility of Evil A key part to the stories is the writers ability to deceive the reader making you think that one thing will happen when the opposite occurs The movie version of The Lottery is preferred over the short story as the visualization of the unusual events makes the story that much more eerie In the movie the story appears closer to reality than the written version because there is more detail they even name the town and its rough location making the story seem more realistic The movie also
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