Tradition can be simple or complex. A common form is that of suspense and mystery.
The time of day is set in the morning and the time of year is early summer Furthermore, Shirley Jackson uses the setting in The Lottery to foreshadow an ironic ending. There are three main types of setting. The story reveals how traditions can become outdated and ineffective.
Although as the story progresses there is more and more of a feeling of doom, the reader does not become acutely aware of what takes place after the lottery until Mrs. Hutchinson display to the reader not only the tenacity with which the townspeople cling to the tradition of the lottery, but also the wavering support of it by others.