The author of "The Lottery", Shirley Jackson, uses literary devices in order to create suspense. The story takes place in a small village where residents follow a tradition that involves stoning one person to death every year. Everyone in the town takes part in the lottery to choose the victim. The plot focuses on how the town's residents react to the outcome of the lottery, and the death of the victim. The author wrote "The Lottery", in order to explore the darker side of human nature. The story shows how people are capable of brutality and violence, even if they do not mean to. The story is also used to highlight the dangers in blindly following traditions. Shirley Jackson employs a variety of literary devices throughout "The Lottery" to create an atmosphere of suspense. She uses short sentences and choppy phrases to create an uneasy feeling. She uses foreshadowing as well to suggest violence to come. The author uses these devices to create a story that is both suspenseful, and unsettling. The tone of "The Lottery", however, is one of horror and disgust. Jackson uses suspenseful literary techniques to create a story that will shock and disturb readers. The author uses a limited third-person point of view to tell the story. The reader will also feel uneasy, because it's unclear what the townpeople will do when the lottery returns next year. The story is told by an omniscient, omniscient narrator. He knows exactly what will happen. The reader can experience the story with the characters.