What is the irony of the trite dialogue and casual tone of "The Lottery"?

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By the time you have finished this terrifying and scary story, we realise as readers how we have been deceived and manipulated by the author. From the very beginning of this excellent modern Gothic classic, we are led to believe that we are being presented with a normal village fete scene and normal villagers, whilst all the time something much more sinister lurks beneath the innocent demeanour of the characters. An excellent example of how we are deceived can be found in the way that Tessie Hutchinson is introduced. As the villagers gather for the lottery, the nature of which we are unsure of, Tessie Hutchinson...

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