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A question on "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson ?
I am writing an essay explaining how the use of literary devices creates a sense of horror.
I wrote down things like "withheld knowledge" (that the author not telling readers the "prize" of the lottery)
but I need to rewrite it because I did not explain "how does this create a sense of horror."
What should I do?
Rewrite it. Explain how withholding that tidbit created a sense of horror.
I suggest you go back through the story, noting evidences of foreshadowing. If the outcome of the story will be good, why did the villagers collect stones? What is the symbolism of the black box?
Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. What a stir this story caused when it first appeared in The New Yorker. Many people cancelled subscribtions and the magazine was flooded with "hate mail and calls!" Here are some links you might enjoy:
1. (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lottery
2. (analysis): http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/14390/analysis_of_the_lottery_a_short_story.html?cat=38
3. (Book Rags): http://www.bookrags.com/The_Lottery
4. (criticism): http://www.enotes.com/contemporary-literary-criticism/lottery-jackson-shirley