What are the climax, falling action, and resolution of "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson?

In "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, the climax is when Tessie is declared the "winner," the falling action includes the townspeople gathering around her and stoning her, and the resolution is when the town's life returns to normal.

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Determining the climax must be considered in terms of the conflict. The conflict is brought to its highest peak at the climax, after which the conflict is resolved.

When reading this story for the first time, it is difficult to determine the conflict for much of the story as the setting is presented as falsely idyllic. However, in retrospect and in realizing that the townspeople are actually gathering to determine which member they will stone that day, the conflict becomes more clear. They complacently agree with the rules of this lottery until it becomes personal. Therefore, Tessie Hutchinson is established as the character whose conflict becomes central to the story, and the conflict becomes pretty tense once it is decided that her family has been selected as the sacrifice. The highest point of conflict is when they draw again, and Tessie herself is determined to be the character who will die, which is the climax:

"It's Tessie," Mr. Summers said, and his voice was hushed. "Show us her paper,...

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