The lottery

Updated: 9/14/2021
The lottery

Storyboard Text

  • tension
  • Mystery
  • surprise
  • "shut up Tessie"
  • children put stones in their pockets and make piles of stones in the town square, which seems like innocent play until the stones’ true purpose becomes clear at the end of the story. "Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones" This shows tension because they are going to use those rocks to kill someone in 2 hours.
  • Everyone in line is wondering who will get the dot. They're very curious and scared "By now, all through the crowd, there were men holding the small folded papers in their large hands, turning them over and over nervously." this shows mystery because they don't know who's going to draw the dot, it could be anyone.
  • Tessie Hutchinson shouted to Mr. Summers, "You didn't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn't fair!" Tessie argues that Bill Hutchinson's pick wasn't fair after he draws the marked slip of paper, and Bill tells her to keep quiet. Bill should also be distraught as much as Tessie, knowing that he or a member of his family will be murdered. However, he appears embarrassed by Tessie's reaction and is more concerned with his family's compliance than with their safety.
  • "It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her" Tessie cries out that the outcome isn't fair, as the crowd armed with stones closes in on her. Tessie's hypocrisy is revealed by her reaction, which contradicts her eagerness to engage earlier in the day. Her change from carefree spectator to the horrified victim, on the other hand, shows her as the only one who clearly understands the lottery's injustice.