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Prediction and Imagery in The Lottery When developing an inspiration for a story a writer must put many ideas into the process There are numerous items that when combined create an interesting and pleasurable story There are many characteristics that a story must encompass to be enjoyable To give suspense and drama to a story many writers choose to add ample amounts of foreshadowing Foreshadowing is a way to hint or give a prediction about future events that are going to take place in the story Another technique that writers often use to add interest to a story is symbolism Symbolism is a way of adding mental images and connecting key points These techniques ultimately give the story a great deal of interest Shirley Jackson wrote a short story entitled The Lottery This story is a prime example of how an interesting story should read The Lottery uses an intense amount of foreshadowing and symbolism It is these techniques that make this story so unique and interesting If the techniques of foreshadowing and symbolism had not been used so excellently the story would ultimately have been un-illustrated and boring Foreshadowing and symbolism are two key elements that make this story so enjoyable to read The Lottery begins with stating a specific date and setting This is a helpful foreshadowing technique used to aware the reader that it is not just a random date and time The morning of June 27ththe weather was clear and sunny flowers were blooming profusely and the grass was richly green1 The reader is now aware of this date and the regular event that is about to take place The fact that the setting is on a nice day leads the reader to believe something good is about to happen Usually good weather is a symbol of good things to come Unfortunately there is still a sense of dismay The characters do not seem to be happy to gather in
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