“The Lottery”. Writing Prompt (10 points). What is “the lottery?” Why do you think writers imagine and write about terrible societies ?. “The Lottery” Plot, Setting, Conflict Review. Plot Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution Conflict(s) Setting.
What is “the lottery?” Why do you think writers imagine and write about terrible societies?
Definition: hinting to the reader about what is to come without purposefully spoiling the conclusion
Why Important?Foreshadowing builds SUSPENSE by increasing the reader’s anticipation of what will happen next.
1. Weather…i.e. Storm clouds forthcoming danger
2. Phrases about the future (i.e. “Put off your trip until morning and stay here tonight” might foreshadow a dangerous event in the future when the person doesn’t stay)
3. Character dialogue—i.e. Simba asks his father, Mufasa, “We’ll always be together, right?” His father dies in the next few minutes of the movie. Other example: Bambi’s mother warns him of the dangers of the forest, including Man with his gun. She dies soon after, having been shot by Man.
4. Objects/events– i.e. In “The Scarlet Ibis,” when the bird dies, the death foreshadows Doodle’s death because they are similar in their weakness.
Definition: When a work (story, novel, poem, play, film, etc.) makes the reader uncertain/anxious about the outcome of the events
Why Important?Suspense draws the reader’s attention in more deeply to the story
1. A character is hanging from a ledge, has to jump across a wide space, etc. WILL (S)HE SURVIVE?
2. In Toy Story 3, Woody and friends must escape from nearly certain “death” in the garbage incinerator…Stressful!
3. In The Lion King, Simba is running to escape a stampede…will he make it out safely?
What makes the story suspenseful?
Author doesn’t reveal what lottery is until later, when stone hits Tessie…foreshadowing that it is bad, but the truth is hidden until the end.