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Unformatted text preview: break, and without change of scene, by some horrifying nightmare. Note how the shock is enhanced by the deadpan narrative style, which in no way suggests that anything unusual is going on. Preparations for the ending: A few slight notes of nervousness Talk about giving up the tradition The emotional outburst by mrs. Hutchinson All suggest some not entirely happy outcome Another build up of suspense is the entire absence of explanation of the public ceremony. What the story appears to be saying is that although ancient rituals die out, the habits of mind which brought them into being persist; that we still find scapegoats and “innocent victims.” Heilman, Robert B. "Shirley Jackson, 'The Lottery': Comment." Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 87 . Ed. Christopher Giroux. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1995. 222-223. Date 1950...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MUSC 173 taught by Professor Fairfield during the Spring '08 term at Northern Illinois University.
- Spring '08
- The Lottery