The Lottery by Enoch Ryan

The Lottery by Enoch Ryan

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  • Old Man Warner: Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon
  • Everyone grabs stones for the town folk assemble for their annual event 
  •  town folk assemble is local tradition that is practiced to ensure a good harvest 
  • Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves made the paper slips and the list of all the families. They put the slips in the black box, which was stored in a safe place. On the morning of the lottery, the townspeople gather in order to have everything done in time for lunch. 
  • First, the heads of the extended families draw slips until every family has a slip. Bill Hutchinson gets the one slip with a black spot, meaning that his family has been chosen.
  • Bill's wife Tessie gets the marked slip. After the drawing is over and Tessie is picked, the slips are allowed to fly off into the wind.
  • In keeping with tradition, each villager obtains a stone and begins to surround Tessie. The story ends as Tessie is stoned to death while she bemoans the unfairness of the situation.
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