How does Shirley Jackson start to foreshadow the ending of "The Lottery" in paragraphs 2 and 3?  

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The ending is foreshadowed by the children collecting stones and the unease of the men.

In the second paragraph, the lottery’s bloody nature is foreshadowed by the boys collecting stones.

Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the...

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The ending is foreshadowed by the children collecting stones and the unease of the men.

In the second paragraph, the lottery’s bloody nature is foreshadowed by the boys collecting stones.

Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones; Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix… eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids of the other boys. 

The fact that even the youngest children take part in the stoning is one of the most chilling aspects of the story. Here they are preparing even before everyone else by gathering the instruments of death. It is subtle but powerful socialization. A reader may not really notice it on the first reading, but it is one of those things that will be more meaningful the second time around.

The fact that the men are uneasy and stand away from the stones is also foreshadowing.

Soon the men began to gather, surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes. They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed.

The men are just chatting, but they are talking in that way that people talk when they are trying to avoid talking about something serious. They also do not acknowledge the boys or the stones. This will tell an astute reader that something is up regarding the stones, and that something is about to happen that makes the men uncomfortable.

Taken together, the incident of the boys collecting stones and the men not standing by them and awkwardly talking means the boys are not just collecting stones for fun. This is no innocent childhood pastime. Something is going to happen, and it isn’t something good.

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