Lots of customs passed down through generations have little to no significance in society, a lot of customs are given overtime since certain people are afraid of the repercussions. In a little village, there is a yearly tradition that arbitrarily picks one person to be stoned by the whole town. This custom is called “The Lottery.” In “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson combines foreshadowing with a soothing tone hence both hiding and revealing the shocking ending.
Shirley Jackson’s usage of a humane tone leaves readers unwary of the paradoxical ending.
As the story starts, the setting is described as “clear,” “warm,” and “sunny.” This entryway immediately develops the relaxing images of a stunning day. As the villagers gather, the kids began to “play.” Their playfulness program they have no inhibitions or worries.
The Lottery is organized like the “square dances,” “teen club,” and “the Halloween program” as one of the “civic activities.” The Lottery game is presented as a civic activity for the advantage of the people. It is also called a lotto, where lottery games are generally connected with good luck and fortune. Readers can assume “The Lottery” is also an indication of good luck and fortune. Jackson’s positioning of details sets a positive tone for the story along with a mix of foreshadowing.
Jackson foreshadows the surprising ending. As more households are gathering the guys’s “Jokes were peaceful and they smiled rather than chuckled.” Their actions show that something is on all of their minds, making them uncomfortable. As Mr. Summers starts to establish the box and stool, he requests assistance, there was “doubt.” This makes the reader concern, why would anybody be reluctant to help?
As Mr. Adams and old man Warner converse, Mr. Adams says that in the “north town” they are choosing if they must get rid of “the Lotto. For what factor would they wish to give up a tradition that has been continued for several years. The lottery needs to be in some method undesirable if the other town thinks about providing it up. The actions and discussions of villagers start to show the true nature of the lottery game.——————————– -Through the mix of foreshadowing and setting a comforting tone, Shirley Jackson reveals however likewise hides the surprising ending. To hide, Jackson describes settings and utilizes the idea of a lottery to set a positive tone of the story. However she also puts hints like the behavior of the villagers, to foreshadow the real nature of the lotto. Her usage of these literary methods, make the reader wonder and better delight in the story.———————————