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Mrs. Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
Interesting, you interpreted the clean well-light cafe as a place that’s safe and pleasant; however, I interpreted the café as cold and uninviting. I imagined a café with bright white lights like those used in interrogation rooms. With white painted walls and chrome/silver appliances. I viewed the café as somewhere that the old man could find order and confront the familiar nothingness, but I didn’t think the café was anywhere he wanted to be.
“The Lottery” was a controversial story written by Mrs. Shirley Jackson. She introduced her audience to an unusual and peculiar ritual held annually in a small village. It was a ceremony in which each resident had the same chance of being murdered, and it was used to control the town’s population.

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