HELP :3I need five incidents, in order, that seem important to the rising action in The Lottery.

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True to the typical form of the short story, Shirley Jackson's The Lottery provides very specific incidents which are important in the rising action of the text.

Following the introduction, the naming of the setting and the introduction to the main characters (Bill and Tessie Hutchinson), the rising action beings.

Here are the five incidents which are important to the rising action of the story:

1. "There was a great deal of fussing to be done before Mr. Summers declared the lottery open.": This is the point where the conflict truly begins. Given that the lottery itself is the main conflict of the story, the rising actions begins with the opening of the lottery.

2. "Just as Mr. Summers finally left off talking and turned to the assembled villagers, Mrs. Hutchinson came hurriedly along the path to the square, her sweater thrown over her shoulders, and slid into place in the back of the crowd. "Clean forgot what day it was," she said to Mrs. Delacroix.": Here, engaged readers can see that there will be something important about Tessie arriving late to the lottery. The irony lies in the fact that Tessie, showing up late foreshadows her "winning" of the lottery."

3. "Then the voices began to say, "It's Hutchinson. It's Bill," "Bill Hutchinson's got it.": Here, the conflict becomes very evident--the Hutchinson family has "won."

4. "You didn't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn't fair!": Tessie begins to argue the fact that Bill was not given enough time to draw. This complicates the original conflict.

5. "It's Tessie," Mr. Summers said, and his voice was hushed. "Show us her paper. Bill.": Tessie has "won" the lottery and all action after this includes the climax, falling action, and (limited) conclusion.


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