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Writing Assignment: The Lottery

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  • Category: Lottery

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1.Were does you surprised by the ending of the story? If not, at what point did you know what was going to happen? How does Jackson start to foreshadow the ending in paragraphs 2 and 3? Conversely, how does Jackson lull us into thinking that this is just an ordinary story with an ordinary town? I was really surprised by the ending of the story, because I really doesn’t know what it was going to happen, I think that the story is like a little mysterious but I never thought that is was going to end like that. However during the second paragraphs the authors describes how the children had already stuffed their pockets full of stones, also made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded. Jackson lull us saying that all the towns had done it and it was a tradition; also, do it and when he describes the environment makes it a very normal, calm, until seeing like a homey place.

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? The story takes place in a little village where there were only about three hundred people. I think that the setting affect the story because it is a very confuse story, because the author tries to make us believe that it is a simple lottery that the people are doing, but at the same time he give us a little clues that confuses us, first he gives us an idea that everything is calm and normal but then immediately he says something that makes us doubt and say that something’s not quite right in the story. I think that the author put us in a point in which we don’t know what to expect about the ending, so it made me less likely to anticipate it.

3.In what ways are the characters differentiated from one another? Looking back the story, can you see why Tessie Hutchinson is singled out as the “winner”? In my opinion, the characters are different so they think about the lottery. Some of them think that there are some modifications that can be done with the ritual, others think that this is the right way, and that is how their ancestors had done and it just had to go on being. It was as if all the “game” was accepted by all the villagers. There was even defending characters. For example, the old Warner even went so far as to criticize other people for free from tradition. Tessie is singled out as the “winner” because she takes of the black box a slip of paper with a black mark, which means that she has already “win”.

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