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2. Where does the story take place? In what way does the setting affect the story? Does it make you more or less likely to anticipate the ending?3. In what ways are the characters differentiated from one another? Looking back at the story, can you see why Tessie Hutchinson is singled out as the “winner"? 4. What are some examples of irony in this story? For example, why might the title, "The Lottery," or the opening description in paragraph one, be considered ironic?5. Jackson gives interesting names to a number of her characters. Explain the possible allusions, irony or symbolism of some of these:
7. Take a close look at Jackson's description of the black wooden box (paragraph 5) and of the black spot on the fatal slip of paper (paragraph 72). What do these objects suggest to you? Why is the black box described as "battered"? Are there any other symbols in the story?