The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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In “The Lottery”, written by Shirley Jackson, Jackson uses the third person objective point of view to narrate the story of a small unnamed town – presumably during the early Twentieth century – that practices a dark event annually. True to the fly-on-the-wall description of third person, the narrator of the story details the events unfolding from an objective and unbiased point of view, almost as if he or she is watching the entire scene from the outside. Jacksons’ choice of narration is an effective method to keep the reader oblivious from the truth behind this dark event. The narrator only gives small hinted details to what “The Lottery” really is leaving the most significant and unsettling detail until the end, that the “winner” of the Lottery is stoned to death by the other villagers. The narration style is almost identical to that of a bored reporter which counterparts the apathy of the townspeople, through the unprejudiced narrative voice, the dark an effect of uncertainty grows while the twisted ending of the story remains a surprise to the reader. Throughout the story, any knowledge of the event is only publicized to the reader through the characters’ actions and words. While most of the citizens express their impatience since it interferes with their daily routine, others have anxious or uncertain feelings regarding the event, giving the reader their first glimpse to the dark nature of the town lottery. The entirety of the story remains vague, while the people
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