The Lottery Essay Research Paper The Suspense

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The Lottery Essay, Research Paper The Suspense of The Lottery The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson, is a story that conveys its message through plot and detail. Suspense in The Lottery plays a most important role making sure that the story is well developed. The author gives a lot of detail and it seems to make the story move along slowly. But, if you read carefully her foreshadowing will hint toward her unexpected ending. As The Lottery develops it seems to move along like a turtle but without all the detail the story would be confusing. Although characters in this story don’t experience much development, they are simply named to give the story a series of steps or a sense of direction, and of course for the relation of actual events. From the beginning we are given a

full description of the scenery and the feeling that everyone is happy and joyful. Everyone seems to be excited it is lottery day. Our first taste of suspense comes when the black box is introduced. Mr. Summers arrives to the square carrying the black wooden box. We automatically believe that it is of great importance because of the detail given by the author. The villagers left plenty of space between themselves and the stool where the box was to be laid(272). There was also some hesitation given by the villagers when Mr. Summers asks for help in holding the box (272). We don t have any idea of the problem it will create. The process of the lottery itself is prolonged with suspense. We are never told exactly what it is about. The suspense in this case is built upon the details

of how people prepare for this event and the special preparations that are made in order to get ready for it. For example the night before the lottery, Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves made up the slips of paper and put them in the box, and it was then taken to the safe of Mr. Summers coal company and locked until Mr. Summers was ready to take it to the square the next morning (273). We are also told later that there was a lot of fussing to be done before Mr. Summers could declare the lottery open. There were lists to be made-up of heads of families, heads of household in each family, and members of each household in each family(273). The most ironic part of the story, in my opinion, is loaded up with detail and suspense. It is when Mrs. Hutchinson arrives late to the event. There

seems to be a great deal of unexplained build up to this part fo the story. The story itself seems to stop moving, and the suspense just rises. The ironic phrases are detailed by exclamations from Mrs. Hutchinson such as “clean forgot what day it was, thought my old man was out back stacking wood” and remarks by others such as “you are in time, though, they are still talking away, and “thought we were going to have to get on without you. I believe that these opinions play a very important role in the story and show that Mrs. Hutchinson will play an important role in the lottery (273-274). The suspense then deepens when the men start going up nervously and humorously pick out their papers. (274). The lottery does not appear to be such a fun event anymore. This is when we

start trying to figure out exactly what the event is all about. It is also the first time the characters show discomfort or emotions toward the event, giving a small hint that maybe something bad is about to happen. A little later we see that all the men have gone up and have gotten the little papers from the black box. By now all throughout the crowd there were men holding the small folded papers in their large hands, turning them over and over nervously(275). I believe this shows that the lottery is a serious matter, not fun and games. The climax or most suspenseful part of the story is reached when the breathless pause ends, and all of the men open their little papers, only to find out that the Hutchinson’s got it(276). We know something terrible has just occurred because of