" You did not give him enough time to take any paper he wanted. "
Black Spot ! (Mystery)
" ITS TESSIE ! "
In this scene, the children came together and collected stones for the Lottery. In the story, it states, "Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones...eventually made a great pile of stones on one corner of the square, and guarded it against the raid of the other boys. " This scene is considered a mystery, because when we started reading the story we had no clue why they were collecting these stones. Collecting stones was important to the people in the town. Although we may not know what the stones were going to be used for, we could infer that they symbolized for something.
The Stoning ! (Suprise)
In this scene, the Lottery started to take place. The head of each family was asked by Mr. Summers to draw from the old wooden box that sat on the 3 legged stool. Bill Hutchinson was selected for the lottery. His wife was upset. She said, "You didn't give him enough time to take any paper he wanted...it wasn't fair." The tension started to rise as Tessie was getting upset. She stated that the lottery wasn't fair because Mr. Summers did not give Bill enough time to draw any slips of paper.
After Bill Hutchinson was selected for the lottery, each person in the Hutchinson family drew a slip of paper from the old wooden box. Mr. Summers told them all not to look at their slips of paper. The passage states, " Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper out of her hand. It had a black spot on it. " After they seen the black spot on the slip of paper, everyone's question was,"what will happen next? "
To wrap it up, Tessie ends up getting stoned. She was actually the one selected from the lottery. In the story, it states, "Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now , and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. " This part of the story is considered a surprise, because we found out why the children were collecting the stones and what they represent. Also, we found out what the lottery was actually for. Now that we know all of that, we can use our background knowledge. In the beginning of the story, it talked about how the population of the town was so small. I can infer that the town uses the lottery event to maintain the population.