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Plot Diagram of "The Lottery"
Transcript of Plot Diagram of "The Lottery"
As the lottery opens up, the author describes the town as an everywhere, USA. But as the story goes on, this sleepy little rural town gets creepier and creepier. Eventually, in the final paragraphs of the story, we learn what the horrific purpose of the lottery is. As the first stones begin to strike Tessie, we finally frown in disgust at the village.
Setting: The morning of June 27'th, in a small rural town
Rising Action/Initiating Event
1. Every person in the town comes forward and draws a slip of paper from a black box
When Tessie opens her paper and discovers the black spot.
"Tessie was in the center of a cleared space..., and she held out her hands desperately as the villagers moved in on her.'' (Jackson 12)
Author: Shirley Jackson
By Taylor Griffin and Ari Andrade
Basic Situation: All of the townspeople gather in the center of town and there is a nervous and ominous atmosphere.
Characters: Old Man Warner, The Hutchinson Family, Mr. Summers
2. Bill Hutchinson draws a slip of paper with a black dot on it (this is also the initiating event)
3. Tessie (Bill's Wife) starts freaking out and complaining that "You didn't give him enough time to take any paper he wanted." (Jackson 8)
The exposition includes the setting, characters, and weather. It also includes the type of atmosphere of the situation.
The rising action is an event(s) that builds suspense as the reader gets closer to the climax. The initiating event is when the reader is first aware of the problem. It also kick starts a chain of events to build up to the climax.
What is going to happen??...
The climax is when you (the reader) first encounter what the problem is in the story.
So that is the problem...
The falling action is when the problem is (usually) fixed and/or solved. That isn't really the case with "The Lottery" though.
"It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her." (Jackson 12)
The resolution is where the story comes to a reasonable end.