The Lottery Short Story Analysis

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In the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson the towns citizens have a yearly "lottery" where the winner is stoned to death. The authors tone could be found as strange because of these instances. The theme of this story though is that all traditions are not that superb especially about killing people. This book has caused some major controversy on the mental health of the author and were outraged by it. So that’s why the book was written, to make others understand that some traditions where pretty awful. So that is why that I am covering this story.
In the story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson the tone at the beginning of the story is eerie and slightly giving a foreshadow to what demented thing was going to happen. It starts off with a seemingly innocent line but after you read the story it gets demented that the kids even had a roll in this. It starts like "...selecting the smoothest and roundest stones... eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids of the other boys." The next creepy, but normal thing was "They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed." Then the creepy part, "The pile of stones the boys made earlier was ready... A stone hit her on the side of her head." The first quote was about boys collecting rocks, which is truthfully normal for little silly boys to do. The next hint that something was off was that they

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