Shirley Jackson wrote “The Lottery” in 1948 . She says that she came up with the idea while walking her child in the stroller and basically sat down and wrote out what became an almost final draft. The story was received with mixed reviews at first. You can find the story on page 319 of your textbook or linked on this page.
Answer the following questions by using the comments feature. You can create an account, if you want to have a profile. I must be able to identify you by your post, so make sure your name is included. You should respond to at least 3 of my questions and respond to two classmates posts.
When did you realize exactly what was going to occur? Be honest!
In my opinion, the story’s surprise ending depends on Jackson’s use of point-of-view. Which point of view does she use, and why is it important to the surprise ending?
Another literary device that Jackson uses is foreshadowing. These clues may not become apparent until after you read the story for the first tie. What clues to the ending can you find? For example, what do the villager’s attitudes towards the black box indicate about their feelings toward the lottery?
If the lottery is so horrible, why do the villager’s participate in it each year? What does paragraph 32 hint might have been the original reason for the lottery?
How does the story “force readers to see that their own lives contained inhumanity and cruelty?
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