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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson This is a disturbing tale of evil set in a small village of about 300 residents On June 27th of every year the members of the community hold a village-wide lottery in which everyone is expected to participate Throughout the story we get an odd feeling regarding the residents Although they are gathering for a lottery drawing there is an air of nervousness about the event an overwhelming sense that something terrible is about to happen The first hint is when the author describes the summer morning and alludes to the children gathering stones in the Village Square Why are they doing this At the very least its obvious that the stones will play an important role in the final outcome Each following paragraph contains subtle clues as to what is going to unfold After all of the children have gathered the men begin to fill the square followed by all of the women They stood together away from the pile of stones in the corner The fact that they stood away from the stones indicates that the stones play some sinister role in what is about to transpire The casual discussion of current and everyday happenings in village life is mixed with commentary on the traditional and modern ways of holding the lottery Finally a winning family is chosen by ballot and from that family a winner Mrs Hutchinson All through the story the people of the town have been on edge due to this annual event about which the reader knows very little The stones that were mentioned in the first paragraph of the story now re-enter the plot with dire results All of the members of the village go the pile of stones pick up a hand full and stone Mrs Hutchinson as she screams It isnt fair it isnt right There is at least one indicator within each individual paragraph which lets the reader
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