The Lottery and Other Stories

how does the author use mystery, suspense, and tension in the story

i know that there is a mystery by who is going to get the paper with the black dot on it but cant find the tension and suspense

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The tension is evident in the reactions of the townspeople as family names are chosen..... and the absence of the black dot becomes a signal for relief. Suspense is present throughout the story, notably because we don't know what we're waiting to find out. It's a mystery until the end.


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