The Lottery

The Lottery
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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT
  • RISING ACTION
  • Exposition: The Setting- The setting is a village with about 300 people in probably around the 1900s. The story starts with the villagers beginning to gather in the towns square between two buildings. It is June 27th and it is a sunny day. Characters- Children, Villagers, Mr. Summers (the lottery's conductor), and the Hutchinson Family. The story is introduced showing the reader (what seems to be) a peaceful town just getting ready for one of their traditions, the Lottery. The exposition is mostly full of foreshadowing.
  • CLIMAX
  • The main conflict is that one person could end up winning the lottery which would lead to their inevitable death. This “lottery” is random depending on who will get a piece of paper, out of a black box, with a large black dot on it. This terrifies the villagers because if you were the one to get that paper you would be stoned to death due to “tradition.” This makes this the main conflict of the “lottery.”
  • FALLING ACTION
  • The rising action is mostly the villagers getting their paper from the black box, hoping not to get the slit that has the black dot on it. As each man of the house goes up to get their paper, they must hold it until everyone has the chance to get their slit. They talk, but most are in fear of what will happen next.
  • RESOLUTION
  • IT ISN'T FAIR, IT ISN'T RIGHT!
  • The villagers open up their slits of paper to see if they are the one to get the black dot, and then, the death sentence. As everyone opens their paper up, word quickly spreads that Bill Hutchinson was the one who got the black dot. Tessie, (Mr. Hutchinson's wife) then argues that Mr. Summers (the lotteries conductor) did not allow for Bill to take his time in picking the paper. Bill just tells Tessie to shut up as he thinks of a way to save himself.
  • IT'S NOT FAIR
  • Let's just get this over with
  • Shut up Tessie!
  • As people are getting ready to stone Bill Hutchinson, Bill tells Mr.Summer’s that his children, and his wife, should also take their chance to get the black dot in a plea to stop his death. Mr.Summer’s agrees that they should also take their chance in the Hutchinson family. Bill Jr, Bill, Nacy, Little Dave, and Tessie (Bill’s wife) all take their chance at the black dot once more. Tessie, however, gets it this time. There is no turning back.
  • It is final, Tessie would be the one to be stoned. She continues to scream that this tradition isn’t fair and within minutes the village is upon her throwing stones onto her.
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