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How is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson composed (the language, the climax, the beginning...

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mensamedlem | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 7, 2009 at 11:47 PM via web

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How is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson composed (the language, the climax, the beginning etc.)?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 8, 2009 at 6:44 AM (Answer #1)

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You will learn much more about the way the story is composed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this answer; however, the basics about the story are that it was written using a tone that is very matter-of-fact.  The author uses natural, uncomplicated language to represent the every-town/any-town feel of the story. Lofty, convoluted language is not used.  The climax of the story occurs towards the end when the reader finds out that the winner of the lottery will be stoned to death!  There is rising action until this point, with some foreshadowing used to help give hints as to what might happen near the end of the story.  To begin the story, the author describes a beautiful summer day in June, with everyone gathering in the town and the children playing (but also gathering stones in a pile, which is one of the instances of foreshadowing).

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