Worse! I forgot the date 'till I saw the children and my husband were gone
The Drawing (mystery)
Alright y'all the rules are the man of each household draws but you can't open the paper "till everyone has gone. I'll call down my list by name.
The Gathering has a tensive atmosphere because of each different group appearing in different times, rather instead of together family by family like how a reader would think they'd gather. It also just seems tense in general in all the groups. For example in lines 20-35 it talks about how each gather and do their thing until the women arrive and call to the children, after joining their husbands. Even then it's tense getting into formation as the author put it when she mentions bobby getting told to come back by his father after running.
Mrs. Hutchinson's Death (surprise)
It isn't fair! It isn't right! ahhhhhh
Mrs. Hutchinson's arrival was just a filler that I thought should be mentioned since she dies in the end (no one tell her that though ).
The mysterious setting from the drawing is fueled by the readers curiosity of what do the slips say or how do they win? the author adds onto that by giving an element of mystery suspense to not us but also the characters for not being allowed to open the slip of paper until everyone had drawn since it was the towns rules for forever as it mentions in the story. As well s mystery in the drawing would be the drawing box as well the story mentions how that isn't the original box their ancestors used and how other rules had been forgotten, which gives the questioning of what were the rules and where's the old bow?
The surprise in this is the ending is not what we readers were expecting. When you hear "lottery' you think oh winning a prize or a one way ticket to the Bahamas but, it's more like a one way trip to the afterlife and the ticket is a rock to the head. It's also very surprising because it isn't something you'd think or imagine a community doing specially with children present. As it mentions in the story Mrs. Hutchinson's final words were "It isn't fair It isn't fair!", which in todays society it isn't, its more inhumane than anything. I'm surprised no one stood up or suggested they change their ways.