LCS Reading Response The Lottery

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Michael Blasius Dr. Dalessio LCS 121 4 October 2007 Foreshadowing in “The Lottery” In the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, Jackson does not ever fully describe what the lottery of the story actually entails, but she does drop hints the entire time which point to the lottery’s evil nature. For instance, early on in the story the boys collect stones for an unknown reason. The boys make sure they pick the “smoothest and roundest stones” (Jackson), the kind most suitable for throwing. Another hint that Jackson gives the reader is the behavior of the men on the day of the lottery. Instead of being jovial, the men “stood together, away from the
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Unformatted text preview: pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed” (Jackson). This shows the glum nature of the day and foreshadows the happening of a depressing event. Even at the end, Jackson does not fully reveal the perverseness of the lottery, but sheds some light on it when Tessie exclaims, “It isn’t fair” and then proceeds to be hit in the head with a stone. It is only at that point that the reader can know what exactly the lottery is....
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