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Describe the atmosphere of excitement in the story, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.

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Posted February 28, 2012 at 6:07 PM via web

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Describe the atmosphere of excitement in the story, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM (Answer #1)

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In the story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, there is an atmosphere of excitement in the story.  The atmosphere comes from several things. First, the lottery happens only once a year and it is important to the village for their crops though some are beginning to question its value.  Every family is affected as you can see by the hurry to get dressed and be there on time.  Every family feels the tension as they call to each other on the way to the meeting ground.   Picking up the rocks adds to the tension as the purpose for the meeting intensifies.  When the Bill Hutchinson's name is announced, all the other families relax,  When Tessie, his wife who had arrived late, is the member of the family chosen for sacrifice, the villagers begin the process of throwing rocks, not allowing any escape from the judgment of the lottery.

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