How does the setting contribute to the outcome in "The Lottery"?

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In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery ", the setting shows a stark contrast to what is expected.  Through the few pages of the short story, we have come to think of the town's folks as ordinary, common place, decent people.  The idea that they are going to barbarically take...

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In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery", the setting shows a stark contrast to what is expected.  Through the few pages of the short story, we have come to think of the town's folks as ordinary, common place, decent people.  The idea that they are going to barbarically take the life of one of their own simply does not fit. In this setting where the conversation has been light hearted chit chat of taxes and getting the dishes finished, the very idea that a stoning and sacrifice of of the town's mothers and wives seems completely out of place.  The setting of a small American town causes a shift in the mind of the reader.

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