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Author: Shirley Jackson

Year Published: 1948

Type: Short Story

Genre: Horror

Perspective and Narrator:

"The Lottery" is told by a third-person omniscient narrator.


"The Lottery" is written in the past tense.

About the Title:

"The Lottery" refers to the story's climactic event, when the townspeople's fate of being stoned to death is decided by drawing lots.


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