The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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I. Introduction
a. Lead in Destructiveness and constructiveness are equally intrinsic characteristics of human nature.
b. Background In the short story “The Lottery,” the inhabitants of a village participate in a lottery, which is essentially a tradition for them. However, the villagers are oblivious to the true consequences and destructiveness of their death ritual. One June day each year, the lottery is conducted and the “winner” is violently stoned to death. The very same day, the villagers return home and carry on with their normal day-to-day functions.
c. Thesis In “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson manipulates tone to create the impression of a seemingly normal and peaceful town while foreshadowing the barbaric/savage ending, emphasizing the apathy inherent in human nature.
II. Body Paragraph #1 - Tone
a. Subthesis Throughout the short story, the author incorporates choice words into certain components of the story in order to create a calm and relaxed tone. b. Claim, Proof, Analysis Claim In the beginning of the story, the author creates the setting of a lively day.
Proof The morning of the lottery was “clear and sunny,” “the flowers were blossoming profusely,” and the “grass was richly green.”
Analysis The author paints a picture in the readers’ mind of a nice and beautiful day in the village. Seeing this beautiful setting might cause to reader to expect happy and exciting events to follow. c. Claim, Proof, Analysis
Claim Throughout the story, the actions and

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