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The Foreshadow Knows Foreshadowing is when the author reveals information early in the story that hints to or has an impact on later events If used properly foreshadowing can be an essential element to a story Through out the story The Lottery Shirley Jackson uses foreshadowing to hint to the reader that something horrible is going to happen Some of the authors foreshadowing is very obvious For example she uses the name Graves for one of the main characters of the story Instantly this character is identified with death Some of her foreshadowing is very subtle For example at the beginning of the story some of the boys have built a great pile of stones in one corner of the square 316 The stones erected in such a fashion create an image of a cairn which is a mound of stones erected as a memorial The cairn further hints to the reader the horrible event that the author is leading to Another subtle example of the authors foreshadowing occurs toward the end of the story The author describes the way the extra lottery tickets are dropped to the ground where the breeze caught them and lifted them off 321 These are the lottery tickets of the people not chosen The breeze is lifting away their tickets just as the fear of being selected has been lifted from their shoulders The lottery box itself a focal point of the story is surrounded by elements of foreshadowing The box is black and made of degenerating wood which immediately relates it to death or a casket One year the box was stored underfoot in the post office 317 The use of the word underfoot can easily be related to the word underground which further establishes the relationship between the box and death or a casket There is another element of foreshadowing pertaining to the box and that is the villagers aversion to the
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