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I would like a thesis statement for my paragraph about the significance of the setting...

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skumar99 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 17, 2009 at 8:15 PM via web

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I would like a thesis statement for my paragraph about the significance of the setting in "The Lottery"

I would like a thesis statement for my paragraph about the significance of the setting in "The Lottery"

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 18, 2009 at 10:00 AM (Answer #2)

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Ms. Jackson's description of the town and the people who live there create 'safe' and 'familiar' images that most Americans can identify with, regardless of whether the reader actually lived in such a place. It is against that Norman Rockwell picture of an American town that her story of unspeakable horror unfolds. I think your thesis statement should reflect this paradox. For example, 'It was the kind of day where the apple pies sat cooling on windowsills just waiting to be dessert that evening, however there was something else floating in the air that day, something that could make you lose your appetite......'

Think about the town, then think about the preoccupation of the folks in the town. Hope this helps...Good Luck

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mattlilly88 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 18, 2009 at 10:00 AM (Answer #3)

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that is an intense short story, isn't it ?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 19, 2009 at 7:43 AM (Answer #4)

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You could pull in the irony that the woman who is this year's victim was almost not there...she was late because she was caught up in the duties of the day.  I'll bet she wished she had been later, don't you?

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pippin1313 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 19, 2009 at 12:55 PM (Answer #5)

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The other thing about the setting of "The Lottery" is that non-Americans look at the setting and know immediately that it is an American town. It is a stereotypical view of small town America. In fact the setting reflects small town life...anywhere. Everyone knows everyone else and their business. This makes the stoning of one of their own even more horrific and barbaric.

Also don't forget to look at the contemporary context. Setting includes time, place and social environment and any discussion of setting should look at all three areas.

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