The Lottery and Other Stories

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Foreshadowing is a device a writer uses to hint at events that come later on in the story. Find at least two instances in which Jackson drops hints about future actions. Explain what is being hinted it. Quote the story as evidence.

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One instance of foreshadowing would be found early in the story when the boys are collecting stones. This directly foreshadows the story's conclusion.

Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones; Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix . . . eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids of the other boys.


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