I am doing a college research paper on Jackson's "The Lottery." My thesis is how people abandon and turn on the people they care about. I cannot seem to figure how to make my paragraphs relate to...

I am doing a college research paper on Jackson's "The Lottery." My thesis is how people abandon and turn on the people they care about. I cannot seem to figure how to make my paragraphs relate to my topic sentences. Please help.

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You have your thesis statement: "People abandon and turn on people they care about." Now what you need are body paragraphs. This means that you need textual support to show that your thesis is true. These will be your topic sentences. 

If I were writing an essay on this thesis, which is a good one, I would underline the smallness of the town. Everyone knows each other. According to the beginning of the story, there are only three hundred people. 

In this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o'clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner.

Second, I would go into the division among family members. As you can imagine, no one wants to die. Family members turn on each other. Here is a dialogue that shows this point. 

People began to look around to see the Hutchinsons. Bill Hutchinson was standing quiet, staring down at the paper in his hand. Suddenly. Tessie Hutchinson shouted to Mr. Summers. "You didn't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn't fair!"

"Be a good sport, Tessie." Mrs. Delacroix called, and Mrs. Graves said, "All of us took the same chance."

"Shut up, Tessie," Bill Hutchinson said.

Finally, I would say that the whole town knows it is wrong, but they still do it. In other words, Tessie pleads with them, but they still turn on her.

Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. "It isn't fair," she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head. Old Man Warner was saying, "Come on, come on, everyone." Steve Adams was in the front of the crowd of villagers, with Mrs. Graves beside him.

"It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her.

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