In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," how does the point of view in the story preserve the story’s suspense?

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"The Lottery" is written from a third-person point of view with limited scope. This objective perspective allows the reader to experience the lottery as it is happening, which allows suspense to build leading to the plot twist at the end. As readers, we want to know the outcome of the lottery, but because the narrator never tells us what it means to win, we are left in suspense until the very end.

A third-person point of view means there is someone outside of the story looking on and dictating the events that are occurring. When the narrator is limited, it means they don't know everything that is occurring or has occurred in the fictional world. This type of writing makes the narrator an active observer, just like the reader. In "The Lottery," the narrator does have information about the town and the lottery, but they don't give us any other significant information. We have no idea what it means to win the lottery or why the village partakes in this yearly tradition. This lack of...

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