The Lottery and Other Stories


2. Where does the story take place? In what way does the setting affect the story? Does it make you more or less likely to anticipate the ending?

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The nondescript town has a population of approximately three hundred people. It is a farming town. We get a small farm town feel with most people knowing everybody else. There is banter about crops, children, and crop prices. The conversations seem friendly but Jackson infuses the narrative with a tone of uneasiness. Initially the friendly meeting throws us off the sinister reality of the situation.