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Heilman, Robert B. "Shirley Jackson, 'The Lottery': Comment." Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 87 . Ed. Christopher Giroux. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1995. 222-223. The foreshadowing that Shirley Jackson uses is closely dissected in an essay written by Robert B. Heilman. One of the most evident traits of “The Lottery” is the tremendous shock that is produced by the story’s ending. Up until the final six paragraphs of the story, it is written in a manner of a realistic small town experience. The day appears to be a special one with a familiar occasion that seems to be occurring. For the most part the people the reader is presented with seem to be going through a well- know routine. These people are ordinary, friendly, neighborly people.
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Unformatted text preview: Most of the details could be used to present a picture of simple and tranquil small-town life. Suddenly, in the midst of this ordinary environment, there occurs a terrifyingly cruel action, which becomes rather mysterious for the reader. However there are many suggestions towards this rather unhappy outcome such as a few slight notes of nervousness, various talks of giving up the tradition, and a rather emotional outburst by Mrs. Hutchinson. “Still more important in building up an unusually strong sense of expectation is the entire absence of explanation of the public ceremony” (Heilman 222). Through the use of a deadpan narrative style of writing, these elements of foreshadowing become much more evident to an observant reader....
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