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Title: "The Lottery" Overview

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Date: February 6, 2007
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Its tone resembles that of "The Lottery" in its gradual accumulation of relentless--yet seemingly harmless--details. Part of the horrific effect of Jackson's writing stems from the author's technique of unfolding plot as if it were conventional, even though it is not. In "The Lottery," for example, the reader is first lulled into an appreciation of the beautiful June 27th morning, when the 300 people of the village are gathering stones, positioning themselves to await the drawing, and beginning the interaction that Jackson describes so carefully, and so naturally...

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Her use of archetypal names for the leaders of the benevolent patriarchy--Mr. Summers, Mr. Graves--seems mundane, until the reader comes to realize that one of the members of the close-knit community is about to be stoned to death by the other residents. Then the idyllic quality of the "summer" quickly metamorphoses into the solemn tone of "graves...

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