The abrupt change in mood from relaxing to horrifying completely blindsides the reader. Check out our Privacy and Content Sharing policies for more information. The townspeople are attached to the box to the point that it is obsessive.
Jackson foreshadows a surprise ending.
Despite her busy life as a wife and a mother of four children, she wrote every day on a disciplined schedule. The villagers kept their distance from the box, as though they feared it Jackson is showing her audience that the stoning has begun.
Notably, the atmosphere created by Jackson in presentation of the sureness and the norm of the practice of lottery within the village is quite convincing that, this practice was readily welcomed.
Children are playing with stones while the adults swap stories of farming and gossip.
The villagers are following a tradition by using the black box that has pieces of the previous box.