What is the tone (besides irony) throughout the story "The Lottery"?I have to write an essay on tone and style of the story. However I cannot figure out a thesis statement or topic...

What is the tone (besides irony) throughout the story "The Lottery"?

I have to write an essay on tone and style of the story. However I cannot figure out a thesis statement or topic sentences for the beginning of each paragraph.

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Setting
Jackson establishes the setting of "The Lottery'' at the beginning of the story. It takes place on the morning of June 27th, a sunny and pleasant summer day, in the village square of a town of about three hundred people. The setting is described as tranquil and peaceful, with children playing and adults talking about everyday concerns. This seemingly normal and happy setting contrasts greatly with the brutal reality of the lottery. Few clues are given to a specific time and place in the story, a technique used to emphasize the fact that such brutality can take place in any time or in any place.

Narration
Jackson's narrative technique, the way she recounts the events in the story, is often described as detached and objective. Told from a third-person point of view, the narrator is not a participant in the story. The objective tone of the narrative, meaning the story is told without excessive emotionalism or description, helps to impart the ordinariness of the barbaric act.

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