"The Lottery", Shirley Jackson

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"The Lottery", Shirley Jackson
1 heterodiegetic,authorial narrative situation
2 External perspective on all characters
2.1 no representation of characters' interiority
3 title creates false expectations
4 Evocation of an idyllic setting:small-town America
5 Subtle hints at uncanny situation: children "uneasy", men's "jokes were quiet"; "the children came reluctantly,having be called four or five times"
6 Transition from trivial everyday business to solemnity of ritual
7 Lottery part of social life; part of village's foundation myth: "the box ... that had been constructed when the first people settled to make a village here."
7.1 Lottery as ritual under threat: abolition in other villages
7.1.1 "Next thing you know, they'll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work any more, live that way for a while."
7.2 Lottery as sign of a civilized life and integral to village's identity
8 pointless violence,cruelty and cowardice
9 Tessie's children: beaming and laughing when opening their slips of paper;someone giving stones to little Davy
10 Ending: revealing and concealing

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