The Elements Of Suspense In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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The phenomenal writing of Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” is a labyrinth of suspense. The importance of the suspense keeps up sentence after sentence throughout the story. The first piece of evidence of suspense is in the title “The Lottery”, as it deceives the reader to believe this is going to be a happy story about winning a prize. Mrs. Jackson, adds to this belief as she describes how long the lottery will take, “in this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o’clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner” (1). The fact that Mrs. Hutchinson was so placid in explaining why she is late …show more content…
At first glance, you pick up the story and probably did what many readers say not to do, which is, judge a book by its cover or in this case by its title. The title alone portrays that this is a happy story about winning a lottery. The lottery sounds just like what the NHL does for their new rookies, “The Draft Lottery”. Where the whole NHL puts all the teams names in the Draft Lottery to see which team will have the first overall pick for that upcoming season. This title is the first evidence of suspense and as you read on the deception keeps on. The town’s people know what this day is, what the lottery will do and bring to the village. So when Mrs. Hutchinson is introduced, she comes in running late for the annual lottery calmly saying, “clean forgot what day it was” (Jackson 2), and the people she ends up talking to, both laugh. Reading this part of the story, you can the picture of it being funny and harmless. Seeing how calm Tessie is, hides the truth of the lottery and does not give the reader a clue to how a horrible event is about to happen. This starts to foreshadow the title a bit more as the reader believes this is a happy day and annual. Shirley writes in such a way that she tricks you to believe this story is A, but turns into …show more content…
Jacksons story “The Lottery”, there is much evidence in the first page let alone the whole story. It is not until Tessie starts to freak out about not giving her husband enough time to pick their families paper, that we start to think something is not right in this story. The darkness, twist and suspense of this piece of writing by Shirley Jackson truly is a work of art. This style makes the reader want to continue reading on until the gruesome end. How are these people laughing and joking around knowing that soon someone will die by all of their hands? This probably portrays some events that were happening in the world when Shirley Jackson wrote this, and the reader now can relate this to modern day events. It is so easy to go on YouTube and watch crude videos of humanity hurting or killing one another. These videos have millions of views and people laugh or do not care much; because it is not happening to anyone, they care about. Just like in the story, these people are blood hungry, and once the deed is finished. Okay, go on with your

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