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Samuel Boorse
Professor Mary Dixon
ENGL 102-B05 LUO
January 30, 2011
Thesis Statement for the short story “The Lottery”
The title of the story suggests a positive outcome. But upon reading the first couple of paragraphs, we see that a different plot is coming together.


1. Many people gathered.
a. Three hundred people
b. Small town.

2. Children
a. Gathering Stones
b. Summertime
c. Talked of school and teachers

3. Adults gathering
a. Men began to show up
b. Women then came, stood by husbands

4. Black box
a. What was it for?
b. Why were slips of paper in the box?

5. Past Lotteries’
a. What were the Lotteries’ for?
b. Lots of talk on how the Lotteries’ were in the past.
6. Mr. Summers
a. Official over the Lottery
b. Also the Postmaster

7. Drawing of the slips of paper
a. Whispers through the crowd.
b. No one wants it to be him or her.
c. Claims of no fairness

8. Black dot on paper
a. What does dot symbolize?
b. What is the dot for?

9. Stoning of the person
a. Why do they stone the person with the black dot?
b. What is the purpose of this ritual?

The Rocking Horse Winner
As little boy overwhelmed with the financial situation within his family, turns to his rocking horse to get the winners of the horse races in the local town for luck.


1. Mother
a. No love for children
b. No luck
c. Seen as a great mother

2. Home
a. Anxiety in the home
b. Screamed out need more money

3. Paul
a. Wondered why there was no luck?
b. Asked mother about luck
c. Searched for clues about luck himself
d, Why did he die? What did he die from?

4. Bassett
a. Who is Bassett?
b. Friend, cousin, imaginary.
5. Uncle Oscar
a. Genuine or deceitful
b. Why is he interested in...
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