In what way does the setting affect "The Lottery"?

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The setting of Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" takes place in a quaint, rural town where the citizens gather in the square on a warm summer day to participate in the annual lottery. The setting conjures feelings of security and tranquility in readers—who can associate with the scenic, small-town environment and envision the picturesque rural village. The nondescript setting also broadens the scope of the story's message, and the reader acknowledges that the brutal ritual can take place anywhere in the United States. By depicting an unidentified, typical rural town, Jackson's warning about the dangers of blindly following traditions is poignant, and the audience can apply the message to their own communities.

In addition to broadening the scope of the story's influence, Jackson also juxtaposes the tranquil setting with the brutal, violent ritual, which emphasizes the shocking climax . Jackson foreshadows the bloody nature of the lottery, and the tension of the story steadily...

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