“The Story of an Hour” and “The Lottery”  settings, help please!! need this answered quick! Both “The Story of an Hour” and “The Lottery” are set in a particular time and place. In...

“The Story of an Hour” and “The Lottery”  settings, help please!! need this answered quick!

Both “The Story of an Hour” and “The Lottery” are set in a particular time and place. In a different setting, the events of the plot might have been very different. Choose either of these stories. Explain how the setting of this story is important. Cite specific aspects of the plot.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I do not agree with the premise of the question.  Neither of these stories is clearly set in a particular time or place.

All we really know about Chopin's story is that it occurs during a time when railroad disasters are not unheard of and people have latchkeys.  Because of Chopin's own background, and because of where she sets most of her other stories, "The Story of an Hour" is generally assumed to be set in Louisiana during Chopin's lifetime (late 1800s).

In Jackson's story, there is little to suggest a time (other than June 27) or a place.  The names of the people are English/American names.  The town has a bank and a post office and a coal business.  But other than that, there's nothing to place the story at a given time or place.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The town in the story "The Lottery" does not name a specific place but there are hints that tell us about the story and its location.  The story takes place in a rural farming community.  The people discuss their tasks which relate to farming.  The ground is rocky because the children are gathering rocks.  The story was written following World War II and is related to the events of the Nazis effort to get rid of the Jews.  In the story no one seems to mind the events until the particular person is chosen.  Anglo Saxon names are used giving one to believe that the events take place in rural America.

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