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Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” she uses the element of surprise. The way the story ends is unlike anything anyone could predict. There are however several alternative ways the story could have ended. The following is one possible alternative ending to “The Lottery”. Everyone was prepared. Thirty minutes prior to the drawing, the villagers started collecting the best and largest stones they possibly could.

Mrs. Dunbar picked up a handful of pebbles and stuffed them in her pocket, she than chose a tone so huge she had to pick it up with both hands and it made it difficult for her to walk. Mrs. Delacroix collected some small pebbles and made it just in time. Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper out of her hand. It had a black spot on it, the black spot Mr. Summers had made the night before with the heavy pencil in the coal-company office. Bill Hutchinson held it up and there was a stir in the crowd. All right, folks,” Mr. Summers said. “Let’s finish quickly. “

Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones. The pile of stones the boys had made earlier was ready; there were stones on the ground that the villagers had prepared earlier along with blowing scraps of paper that hod come out of the box. Mrs. Delacroix picked up the huge stone she selected earlier and turned to Mrs. Dunbar. “Come on,” she said. “Hurry up. “