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sdevon777 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 2, 2008 at 5:51 AM via web

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What are the exposition, rising action, climax, fallling action, personal conflict and resolution in "The Lottery"?

Can you list them so that I can know which one is which?

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 2, 2008 at 6:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Exposition: It is a warm June day in a wholesome good natured town where the people are kind, polite, and happy.

Rising Action: Most the tombstones in the cemetery have the same date of death June 6 and the town is getting ready for its annual lottery that takes place on June 6th. The lottery begins to take place. The town gathers and the names are drawn as people take a piece of paper and wait to see who the "winner" is.

Climax: The drawing of the slips of paper is finished and the townspeople begin to unfold their papers with sighs of relief. the "winner" is declared as the Hutchinson family and ultimately after the second drawing Tessie is declared the "winner".

Falling Action: The townspeople gather around her and stone her to death, thus completing their tradition.

Resolution: Life resumes as normal, until the following year.

Personal conflict: Tessie has no problem with the town's tradition until it is her family who is faced to make the sacrifice, then she declares it unfair. Other townspeople might also struggle inwardly at their actions and whether or not it could be considered murder or custom.


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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 17, 2008 at 3:51 AM (Answer #2)

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"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson begins (exposition) on a June day with people gathering in a village that seems to be filled with a celebratory air.  The only hint of something in the offing is the gathering of children piling stones nearby.  The rising action begins when the crowd begins to arrive, all families from around the village gather in the center of the little town.  Tessie Hutchinson rushes in blustering about being late and joins her family.  Soon the people begin to draw slips of paper from the black box.  The climax comes with the Hutchinson family drawing a slip of paper with a mark, and the reader reaches the realization through the reactions of the characters that the Lottery is not a good thing.  The story moves along very quickly from this point through the climax which finds Tessie the unlucky "winner" of the Lottery being stoned to death by all the people of the village, and I do mean all, even the smallest children are involved.  The falling action and the resolution are virtually combined as Tessie is left dead from the stoning and the people go on about their business, including her family, as if nothing has ever happened.  Hope this helps.


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altheasroom | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 19, 2011 at 1:07 AM (Answer #3)

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The first reply above from Clane included inaccurate information and incorrect examples from the text.

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megamuffin91 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 7, 2011 at 2:04 PM (Answer #4)

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It is June 27th, not June 6th.

"The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day"

and there is no mention of tombstones or a cemetary in the story.


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j0ko | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 4, 2012 at 4:11 PM (Answer #5)

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Yeah thats cool guys, thank you a lot!!!

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