The lottery

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The lottery


Ebony Moultrie
Mrs. Michele Leverett
English 10
5 December 2001
Research Paper: The Lottery
The word tradition can have a slue of different meanings. For people of diverse
backgrounds, religions, and genders certain traditions are held dear to them. The Webster
International dictionary had many definitions for tradition, but the one that applied best
states that tradition is the "oral transmission of beliefs, opinions, information or
customs" (Webster 2684). Shirley Jackson the author of many fictional stories precisely
"The Lottery" uses the story to explain the sadistic tradition of people in a particular
town that can symbolize how some traditions whether universal or personal are not always
positive and how it is up to the individual to make a stand and change the outcome. The
story shows how humans have a natural attraction for violence, but when the violence is
placed on one, in particular, their personal views change from that of a certain
nonchalant attitude to that of a more fearful attitude and the person is more pruned to
blame others. "The Lottery" brings up many points and ideas, but the question that arises
in my head the most is if tradition is such a meaningful component in the lives of many
why do people only value their personal lives when the traditional consequences deal with
them, in particular, than always having the same views throughout time?
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