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The Secret of the Lottery The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson is a story thatconveys its message through plot Suspense in the Lottery playsthe most important role making sure the story even though shortis well developed and seems prolonged The Lottery develops slowly and with a lot of detail Thecharacters in this story dont experience much development theyare simply named to give the story a series of steps or a senseof direction and of course for the relation of actual eventsSince the beginning we the readers are given a fulldescription of the scenery and the feeling that everyone is happyand joyful We get our first taste of suspense when the blackbox is introduced Mr Summers arrives to the square carryingthe black wooden box We automatically assume that it is ofgreat importance because of the space the villagers leave betweenthemselves and the stool where the box was to be laid andbecause of the hesitation the villagers experience when Mr Summers asks for help in holding the box Jackson 675 The process of the lottery itself is prolonged withsuspense Never in the first pages do we really know what thewhole thing is about Suspense in this case is built upon bytelling us exactly how people prepare for this event and thespecial arrangements that have to be made nights prior to theevent For example we know that the night before Mr Summersand Mr Graves made up the slips of paper and put them in thebox and it was then taken to the safe of Mr Summers coalcompany and locked until Mr Summers was ready to take it to thesquare the next morning Jackson 675 We also are told later onthe same page that there was a lot of fussing to be done beforeMr Summers could declare the lottery open There were lists tobe made-up of heads of families heads of household in eachfamily and members of each household in each family
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