What is the narrative scheme in "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Shirley Jackson uses a third person point of view to tell this story.  The narration is rather objective and without emotion...this is necessary in order to create the detached reporting of this town's horrible act.  The detached tone makes it more clear to the reader just how "ordinary" this event is to the townspeople, and that they don't find it in any way cruel and unusual.  By using this narrative plan, Jackson ensures a more dramatic and horrified reaction from the reader who is undoutedly more shocked than had the narrator shown shock and distaste by telling it with an emotional reaction.

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