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The Lottery

In the days of Jesus through the mid 1900's, people had many different superstitions, or
beliefs, about life. People believed if they were to do certain things, they would have
good luck. Like Indians used to do a dance, called the "Indian rain dance", when they
wanted it to rain so it would help their crops or even their heritage. It was a dance
people still believe in today, but those people don't know that the reason they said it
worked was because the Indians didn't quit dancing until it rained. There are many
superstitions in today's time as well. I know that in the game of baseball many different
players have different superstitions. Just like David Wells, when he used to pitch for the
New York Yankees, believed if he listened to Metallica before every game he pitched he
would have a good game. But regardless if David Wells listened to Metallica or not, he
would still pitch the same if he didn't listen to them. All I am saying is that Shirley
Jackson, when she wrote The Lottery, in 1948, was trying to show everyone about the
different superstitions, or beliefs, each culture, town, or village had and how bad they
were. Even the kids in the village got ready for the lottery, it didn't faze them, and all
they knew was that it was just an event that happened every year. After all, villages,
tribes, or cultures have many different traditions they all tend to put their full trust
in.

The lottery is a drawing that takes place on June 27th of every year, right before the
crop season. Everyone who lives in the village, even the children, draws a piece of paper
from the black box and doesn't look at it until everyone draws theirs. When everyone
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