Delacroix on the arm as a farewell and began to make
her way through the crowd." The word "farewell" is used
as foreshadowing to the climax of the story.
Normally when a person enters a crowd of people they are
greeted, but not Mrs. Hutchinson for she is obviously
Nearer the climax the hints of foreshadowing almost give
away the secret. Old Man Warner says, "Bad enough to see
young Joe Summers up there joking with everybody"
(Text, 786), thus indicating that the lottery was no joking
matter. It is obviously going to make a major impact on
somebody's life. The people knew that every year there was
going to be a lottery, and they maintained a sense of
humor to accompany their disgruntlement. Engaging in the
drawing was a necessity to them, and for reasons not
discussed, they accepted it.
Another reference to the seriousness of the
occasion is described when Mr. Summers (the lottery
official) says, "Well now…guess we better get started,
get this over with, so we can get back to work.
Anybody ain't here?" (Text, 785). Once again it doesn't
sound like the people involved are too anxious to find out
who will be the "lucky winner". When Mr. Summers begins
calling names, the residents nervously present themselves,
unaware of their destiny, to pull slips of paper out of
the little black lottery box. Nobody is to look at their
slip of paper until all of the members of the village had
drawn. This action adds suspense to the story.
The reader will not know what is about to happen until
the very end of the story unless they have picked up on
Jackson's strong use of foreshadowing.
The story finally begins to unfold as everyone
examines the individual slips.
"For a minute, no one moved, and then all the slips of
paper were opened. Suddenly, all the women began to speak
at once, saying, 'Who is it?'…'Bill Hutchinson's got it'"
(Text, 787). Doomsday is upon the Hutchinson's, and the
Missus is screaming and complaining that the lottery wasn't
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