The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Part 1

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By Salmah Dixit 9A

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  • The Lottery
  • Antecedent Action
  • Introduction
  • The Lottery Written By Shirley Jackson Elements Of The Plot Line Assignment By Salmah Dixit 9A
  • Initial Incident
  • Thought we were going to have to get on without you, Tessie.
  • The antecedent action takes place in the first paragraph. The author describes the setting in this paragraph. Also, she touches on what was planned for the day of June 27th. She further compares the lottery in this village, compared to the lotteries in the other villages. {The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o'clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery took two days and had to be started on June 27th. But in this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o'clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner.} - Page 1, Paragraph 1 -
  • Rising Action
  • The introduction is in the first and second paragraphs. Within these two paragraphs, the author describes the setting, the time and place, the antecedent action which was mentioned in the previous frame, the mood, and the atmosphere. Setting: The village square Time: Ten o'clock in the morning Place: A village situated in America Mood: Villagers standing around, talking, while the children played. The villagers were waiting to gather in the village square. The children were gathering rocks and stones, while the women and men talked among themselves. The mood was first causal and friendly, then everything went serious and the villagers seemed worried and tense about something. { Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix-- the villagers pronounced this name "Dellacroy"-- eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids of other boys.} - Page 1, Paragraph 2
  • Climax
  • The initial incident in the story is the gathering of the villagers in the village square. This part of the story begins the development of the plot. The villagers were to gather in the village square in order for the lottery to take place. When the men arrived, they began surveying their children, and began talking about planting and rain, tractors and taxes. As the women arrived, before joining their husbands, they exchanged bits of gossip. As the villagers continued to assemble, they had to round up their children first, who were busy playing. {Soon the men began to gather. Surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes. They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed. The women, wearing faded house dresses and sweaters, came shortly after their menfolk. They greeted one another and exchanged bits of gossip as they went to join their husbands. Soon the women, standing by their husbands, began to call to their children, and the children came reluctantly, having to be called four or five times} - Page 1, Paragraph 3 -
  • Wouldn't have me leave m'dishes in the sink, now, would you Joe?
  • -After the villagers assembled in the village square, Mr.Summers began to take the attendance. Those who weren't there, had a substitute to draw for them. -Mrs.Hutchinson, came late because she had forgotten what day it was. She was very cheerful as she arrived and she was cracking jokes. - After the attendance was taken, the drawing began. - One by one, each head of the family was called up to draw a piece of paper from the black lottery box. -During this time, Old Man Warner was having a conversation with some other villagers about how the times have changed and the lottery was not the same as it used to be. -After a bit, every head of the family had drawn out a slip of paper from the black lottery box. {"Well, now." Mr.Summers said soberly, "guess we better get started, get this over with, so's we can go back to work. Anybody ain't here?"} - Page 2 -
  • Clark... Delacroix
  • The climax in a story is the highest point in the story. It is also a turning point, which means a lot changes after this point. In the story, the climax occured when Mr. Hutchinson revealed that he had drawn out the slip of paper with the black dot. After this point in the story, everything seemed to go downhill. {For a minute, no one moved, and then all the slips of paper were opened. Suddenly, all the women began to speak at once, saying, "Who is it?" "Who's got it?" "Is it the Dunbars?" "Is it the Watsons?" Then the voices began to say, "It's Hutchinson. It's Bill," "Bill Hutchinson's got it."} - Page 3 -
  • Bill Hutchinson's got it.
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