The tone of the actual lottery is one of anxiety, what specefic words does the author use to show this feeling of worry?Thank you in advance.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that Jackson is able to convey the anxiousness of the lottery through some of her ust of stylistic elements.  For example, in being able to depict the drawing from A to Z in terms lf last names helps to bring this out.  There is a noticeable breath of relief as each family is represented and as they open up to find that their paper is empty.  The sense of nervousness is also demonstrated by the small talk that people who are called up engage in with Mr. Summers.  This brings out the actual nervousness they feel about the event.  When Bill Hutchinson does pull the paper to have to redraw, Jackson conveys the anxiousness by having people whisper in the crowd, "I hope it's not her."  The sense of focus that is present in the crowd is something that matches with Tessie's protestations, helping to add to the anger.  Few silence her or voice objection, creating this very emotionally awkward dynamic where the only absolute is a sense of silence regarding the actual lottery itself.  One only knows too late what happens in the tradition, confirming that the initial anxiety conveyed becomes true horror at Tessie's final words of how the lottery "isn't fair, isn't right."