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The Lottery

The Lottery

by Shirley Jackson

Analysis: Narrator Point of View

Who is the narrator, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?

Third Person (Objective)

The narrator of "The Lottery" is extremely detached from the story. Rather than telling us the characters' thoughts or feelings, the narrator simply shows the process of the lottery unfurling. This further underlines the shocking nature of the ending, as our only indications of the lottery's true purpose come from the villagers' nervous manners, rather than from insight into their thoughts. Imagine if the story had been told from one of the villagers' point of view – it might have been a far less effective narrative choice.

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