The Lottery

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The Lottery


Shirley Jackson's, The Lottery, has raised questions in the back of every reader's mind
towards the destructive yet blind rituals of mankind. A reflection of ourselves is what we
see when looking through the pond of Jackson's mind. The Lottery clearly expressed
Jackson's feelings concerning traditional rituals through her story, opened the eyes of
its readers to properly classify and question some of today's traditions as cruel, and
allowed room to foretell the outcome of these unusual traditions. Jackson's feelings
towards the misuse of tradition as an excuse to cause harm have triggered her creativity
for the creation of The Lottery. Jackson obviously saw examples of this misuse of
tradition and ingeniously placed it into an exaggerated situation to let us see how
barbaric our actions are. The townspeople, in the story, all come together for the annual
lottery; however, in an interesting twist, those participating stone the winner to death.
Everyone in the story seems horribly uncivilized yet they can easily be compared to
today's society. Perhaps Jackson was suggesting the coldness and lack of compassion the
human race can exhibit in situations regarding tradition and values. The People who were
stoned to death represented values and good being as the townspeople, who represented
society, cold-heartedly destroyed them ( Jackson 79 ). Immediately after reading The
Lottery, one can compare the ritual, in the story, to some of today's barbaric traditions
in a new point of view. Hazing is a tradition that has been around forever. Some people do
not see anything wrong with giving a new person a hard time; however, this ritual has
caused numerous deaths and countless injuries all over the world. Hazing is a ritual
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