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Anaylsis of Jackson's The Lottery

- Tradition is a large part of life today, but decades ago it was almost a way of life and if it was not followed there were stiff consequences. The story is misleading by the title because of the normal thought of a lottery is something positive or a giveaway. The story is quite the opposite of the common thought. The main point that Jackson shows in “The Lottery” is that people can be involved with such a violent act and think nothing of it. In the story all the people are happy, “they stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed.”(Jackson 124)....   [tags: the lottery]

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Inhumane Acts of Society Illustrated in Jackson's The Lottery

- Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” shows the reader that the human race will do any horrible act for success, in this case holding a town lottery where the winner is stoned to death in the towns square in hopes of a bountiful corn crop come during harvest time. The lottery is a tradition held in the town annually on June 27 and is done right as the corn is ready to become fruitful. Even in the day and age where technology is used for farming (tractors, plows) to till and harvest the land, this is a communal tradition that cannot be broken....   [tags: The Lottery]

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Analysis Of ' The Lottery '

- ... Summer casually says her name. Tessie’s husband Bill, holds the paper slip up in the air like it is some noble feat that his wife has been selected to be stoned. Jackson tricks the reader into thinking that Tessie is being honored by her husband by holding the paper in the air in front of the crowd. Jackson uses the stir in the crowd to deceive the reader into thinking that people are mad that it wasn’t them selected in the lottery when it is pretty much the opposite. “Some places have already quit lotteries,” Mrs....   [tags: Stoning, The Lottery, Rajm, Capital punishment]

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Family and Tradition in The Lottery

- Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” published in 1948 takes place in a small village in New England. Upon first reading it would seem as though the lottery that took place in the village was a family friendly tradition that had been carried on for many years. However upon a closer look, it seems as if “family friendly” could be the wrong term to use to describe the lottery due to the nature of what takes place during this tradition. So, the question stands, is the lottery really a family friendly tradition in the village....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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To the Slaughter in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Screaming, yelling, and screeching emerge from Tessi Hutchinson, but the town remains hushed as they continue to cast their stones. Reasonably Tessi appears as the victim, but the definite victim is the town. This town, populated by rational people, stones an innocent woman because of a lottery. To make matters worse, no one in the town fathoms why they exterminate a guiltless citizen every June. The town’s inexplicable behavior derives from following an ancient, ludicrous tradition. With the omission of one man, no one in the community comprehends the tradition....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Tradition in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

-         Tradition; it is the back bone of every culture and civilization. It is what keeps the beliefs, philosophies, and activities of societies alive, to be passed down from generation to generation. However not all traditions are practiced with pure intentions.  Some activities become so routine, people don’t know a life outside of them. Societies become so accustomed to “tradition” that they will participate in pastimes without  questioning the ethics or morals of the situation. Ultimately when tradition takes the place of a rationalizing mind the outcome can be incredibly dangerous....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Analysis of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- “The Lottery” is a short story by Shirley Jackson, first published on June 26, 1948. The story was initially met with negative critical reception due to its violent nature and portrayal of the potentially dangerous nature of human society. It was even banned in some countries. However, “The Lottery” is now widely accepted as a classic American short story and is used in classrooms throughout the country. Jackson’s story takes a critical look at what can result when the customs and laws that govern society go unchallenged....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Tradition in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Tradition in “The Lottery” There are many things that people do every day without questioning why they do them. These are our habits and traditions, and though for the most part they are unimportant they can be a crucial part of our culture and our interactions with each other. Sometimes there are traditions that can cause harm or are morally unacceptable. What should be done in this case. Edmund Burke, a nineteenth century politician and author, argues that it is best to stick with tradition rather than causing dramatic changes in people’s behavior....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Tradition in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Easily regarded as one of America’s most beloved short stories, “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson, leaves readers with excitement and perhaps a small sense of doubt. Doubt could be an aspect of the reader’s mind due to the gory fact of the cultural tradition in the small farming town of the story. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” displays the theme of unwavering ritualistic tradition and the use of symbolism throughout the story. This means the village is unable to move past their tradition while symbolism is shown through character’s names such as Old Man Warner and Tessie and through various objects in the story like the stool and the black box....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Symbolism in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- When most people play the lottery today, they think about having wealth. Generally, people who win are happy about it whether they win one dollar or a million. The lottery in our society has grown to support education and it is often worth several million dollars. Usually, the winner of the lottery gains a lot of recognition for the money they win. But what would happen if there was a small town where people held a yearly lottery in which the “winner” was the member of the town who was not sacrificed....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- The Lottery is a short fiction written by Shirley Jackson. It is a story about a shocking tradition practiced by the people in certain town. Shirley ironically gives the lottery a bad meaning in her use of the word in this short story. In the story, the lottery is used for public stoning, contrary to what it originally means; winning a lot of money. The story focuses around a village during a ceremony they call the lottery which ensures there is enough rain for their crops. In the story, a number of literary devices are used by the author for example, irony, symbolism, foreshadowing, only to mention but a few....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Horror of The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Once upon a time there was a little village. In this village three hundred people happily farmed and played and went about their business. The children went to school while the men cut wood or farmed, and the women cooked and cleaned. Every summer in June each of villagers took part in the traditional lottery drawing and one villager was picked for the prize – a stoning. In 1948, Shirley Jackson published this short story known as “The Lottery,” in The New York Times. The story’s plot shocked readers all over America as they learned of the horror happening in such a quaint town....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Symbolism in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- The Lottery: Symbolism In her story “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson manages to catch the readers’ attention and ultimately shock them with an unexpected ending; all of which help her emphasize her critique toward the dark side of human nature and the evil that resides, sometimes, in those who we less expect it from. Jackson uses symbolism throughout the story that helps her set the mood and also makes the readers wonder and analyze the senseless violence and cruelty in their own lives. It all starts with the setting of the story....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Traditon in "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

- The author of “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson, creates suspense and tension to convey dramatic irony. In a person’s life, a lottery, or raffle, is thought of something fair, because sometimes, you win prizes or money. This would be the raffle that you do NOT want to win. In Jackson’s short story, it is not about what the townspeople win, but it is about what is lost. I would have to say that the theme of this story would be “Not all traditions are always good.” The title of Jackson’s story contains suspense and tension to convey irony....   [tags: Essay on The Lottery]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- An understanding, of Jackson’s life and times may serve to illuminate motive and meaning, thus yielding further appreciation of this work. Shirley Jackson was born 1919, in the time of the “Lost Generation”. While attending Syracuse University, she met Stanley Edgar Hyman, a classmate, Jewish intellectual numismatist and literary critic whom she married in 1940. With the War’s end in 1946, publication of “the Lottery” in 1948, and her marriage to a Jewish intellectual it seems likely that news of the Holocaust would have influenced her writing....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” irony is an underlying theme used throughout the story. Shirley Jackson involves residents in a preparation of following a longstanding traditional process of lottery. However, this proves to be a different type of lottery as the winner gets a different form of present. This is unknown to the reader of the story until when the story is almost over. Residents gather at 10 in the morning in the square that is located between the bank and the post office awaiting the arrival of Mr....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- The Lottery is a short story about a town who still participates in the annual "Lottery" drawing. Everyone is laughing and conversing like any other day. Children and adults alike are collecting stones. At last the time comes for the drawing and Mr. Summers pulls out the black box with the papers in it. The head of the household, the men, all must pull out a piece of paper. The townsfolk talk about how the lottery is done for in nearby towns but others such as Old Man Warner scoff at the idea and say that is not possible young people don't know what they are talking about, the lottery will continue in this town....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Dramatic point of view contributes to tone and idea in the “The Lottery” In Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery” the use of the third-person dramatic point of view allow the readers to visualize themselves in a typical village spying on an annual lottery. However, in actuality they are about to realize that the subdued and ordinary townspeople have traditions that are much more sacred than a human life. Throughout the story, the third-person dramatic point of view contributes to the tone and idea as a result of Jackson’s effective use of language control, indifferent attitude and characters’ dialogue....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- In today’s society we perceive the lottery as being a great fortune brought down upon you by Lady Luck. It is a serendipitous event, even if the person has done nothing to earn it. One would never see the lottery as an unfortunate occasion that occurred in your life because it is supposed to bring prosperity into your life. Also, one would not dare to think that winning the lottery would bring such repercussions as injury or death. In the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the author could have used Mrs....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- In Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery” the use of the third-person dramatic point of view allow the readers to visualize themselves in a typical village spying on an annual lottery. However, in actuality they are about to realize that the subdued and ordinary townspeople have traditions that are much more sacred than a human life. Throughout the story, the third-person dramatic point of view contributes to the tone and idea as a result of Jackson’s effective use of language control, indifferent attitude, and characters’ dialogue....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Having read Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" (1948) several times now; the biggest thing I've learned is that just because something is tradition, that doesn't make it right. In our lives it's easy to get in the habit of doing things because that's how our parent's or grandparent's did it. It is important to make sure we are in God's word, examining our actions to make sure that they line up with what God wants of us. The Lottery is a story filled with rituals and traditions. The problem with traditions is we will often continue in them without even knowing why we do them to begin with....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson is a short story about a disturbing social practice in a village. Besides, there were about three hundred citizens in the small village where the setting took place. The introduction of “the lottery” is about an event that takes place every year on 27th in the month of June, where the community members of this tradition organize a lottery. Everyone in the village including small children to adults is expected to participate. Besides, when this story was introduced at the very first in 1948 by Shirley Jackson, many people were upset....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, By Hicks

- In the Overview of ‘The Lottery’ written by Hicks, states that the lottery gives the people the disturbance that people feel the need for in life (Hicks). Sun Journal says that “"The Lottery ' ' is considered one of the most haunting and shocking short stories of modern American fiction” (Sun Journal). The story was originally published in The New Yorker in 1948 and after the story was published several people wrote letters and called The New Yorker expressing their disgust, consternation, and curiosity”(Sun Journal)....   [tags: Stoning, The Lottery, Rajm, The New Yorker]

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The Texas Lottery Commission

- Everyday, there are a lot of people who play lottery in Texas. Is the lottery a good idea. Can we get happiness from winning the lottery. There are more questions to be considered concerning to the lottery. In this paper, I will write about the Texas Lottery Commission, and how it was established, its purpose, the organization and the current leader. The Texas lottery is a lottery, which is available in Texas. It is operated by the government, and its headquarter is situated in downtown Austin, Texas....   [tags: winning the lottery]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- The story of “The Lottery” is a dark tale that gives the reader a window into a community blighted by an tradition propagated by ignorance; sending a message that reverberates with many events, ideas, and observations throughout the annals of time. Written by the great Shirley Jackson, this fable exemplifies how delusion and illogical thinking led to the terrifying and morose ending of Tessie Hutchinson's existence. Shirley Jackson was well known in her lifetime, but not necessarily as the literary master she is hailed as today....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Today’s American Literature tends to put more of a realistic tone to writing than in previous time periods. Writers point out what society as a whole likes to pretend does not exist, and were often frowned upon for doing so. In Shirley Jacksons “The Lottery” she does exactly that by portraying themes like the inhumanity of violence and the tendency people have to follow traditions even when they do not agree with them. In a short biography about Jackson it says “The story was met with an avalanche of feedback, including hate mail and cancelled subscriptions....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- “The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it” (Twain). The Lottery begins during the summer. A small, seemingly normal, town is gathering to throw the annual “Lottery”. In the end, the townspeople—children included—gather around and stone the winner to death, simply because it was tradition. The story reveals how traditions can become outdated and ineffective. “I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives” (Jackson)....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- Everything may not be what it seems in Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery”. Within the story there are many reoccurring themes, ranging from the townspeople inability to establish bonds to the Jackson’s displaying how easily humans will engage in behavior that is otherwise frowned upon once given an excuse. The most prominent of these themes is the loyalty the townspeople hold towards various items and rituals in their lives. The townspeople hold the utmost loyalty towards their tradition of the lottery....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson has been criticized, but its longevity and durability prove it stands the test of time. In the article, “Jackson’s The Lottery,” the author A.R. Coulthard finds a deeper meaning in the story which other critics have not. Coulthard believes the story is a “parable of the evil inherent in human nature” rather than “an assault on mindless cultural conformity,” as other critics have suggested (Coulthard 226). Coulthard shows how something that most likely began as a primitive and ignorant way to ensure prosperity, evolved into a complete need for sanctioned violence and murder....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Parallel Criticism of The Lottery and The United States Army Lottery Draft

- The fundamental principles of “utilitarianism” is that the moral is worthy of an action that benefits the majority of the population and minimizes the negative consequence of the action, thus the “greatest happiness rationale” rules. This further implies that the welfare of the entire population is more important than the welfare of a sole individual. Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery”, and the United States military draft lottery demonstrate two different examples of lottery practices – the stoning in “the Lottery” and the raising of military manpower through the draft lottery....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Ignornance of Tradition in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Tradition, defined as "the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction." ("Tradition") Tradition is a core trait of humanity, from the time before recorded history to present, humanity has followed traditions or customs that have been passed down from generation to generation. More often than not communities all over the world blindly follow these practices with little regard to who started them or why they were enacted in the first place....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Selective Exposition in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Usually when someone hears the word “lottery” the first thing that comes to mind is a large sum of cash that people compete against highly impractical odds to win. Shirley Jackson’s story The Lottery might imply a similar conception based on the title alone, but the story is filled with unknowns never revealing exactly when and where the story takes place, or why the lottery exists; even what the lottery is isn’t revealed until the very end. Yet despite Jackson’s omission of details in The Lottery, she manages to create an overtone of mystery that compels the reader to grasp the world of the story rather than define it in terms of the physical world and form their own opinions....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Ticket To Death in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- “Stop!” the German soldier called. The young boy stood stunned in his tracks. He couldn't breathe, couldn't see clearly, couldn't move for fear of being shot. The German too, was young and confused. His leaders had told him to do away with anyone that wasn't Aryan. His finger trembled uncertainly on the trigger. There was no other option, and yet there was no reason to hurt the petrified boy who paled before him. The boy, doomed to death from a variable he could not control, gazed into the German's eyes, and saw the same confusion and helplessness echoed there....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Literary Elements in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Would you believe that there was once a village where everyone would partake in a terrible event, but think it was innocent because of how they blindly followed a tradition. The short story, “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson communicates this theme by showing how the villagers participate in a lottery every year. In life, there are people who follow tradition because the have to, or they are used to following without question. The author, Shirley Jackson was born on December 14, 1916 in San Francisco, California....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Necessary Sacrifice in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- When Shirley Jackson first published her short story “The Lottery,” it caused a great deal of controversy. It warranted high critical acclaim, but it also brought threats to Jackson’s life. The public was outraged that she would write such a violent story, which ended with the unmerciful killing of an innocent woman. The violence in response to the story ironically reflects the violence within, and reveals a darker, yet necessary, part of the human psyche. The characters in “The Lottery” require the violent ritual to live peaceful and happy lives....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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How the Author Feels about The Lottery

- Many different forms of writings fall under the term ‘Literature’, and they are categorized in different genres, for instance, epics, novels, short stories, poem and many more. . Among all kinds of literature, short stories are mostly known and around for its limited length, a solid construction, and a less complexity. Many factors exist that influences literatures over different time periods, in different culture and from an author to an author. Among all kinds of literature, short stories are mostly known and around for its limited length, a solid construction, and a less complexity....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Ritual and Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- Everyone has their own way of solving problems; however, ritual is a form that people doing one thing in the same way. It defines as “the prescribed form of conducting a formal secular ceremony.” However if the meaning of ritual is mistaken, the consequence could be unpredictable." The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson gives us a lecture about a tortuous ritual. The story takes place in a small village with 300 citizens, they gather for a yearly lottery which everyone should participate. The story leads to a horrific ending by people forgetting the concept of ritual....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Lottery Ticket Should Not Be Banned

- Some of us over the course of our lives, have at least purchase one a lottery ticket. We go to our nearest liquor store, we buy the lottery ticket and pray we are the chosen one. But, how often do we stop and ask ourselves, where does the money from buying a lottery ticket go. A lot of people assume it’s all for fun and games, others might say the sales of lottery tickets are put back into the community, or simply the money is kept by the state, who at the end decide what to do with that money. The fact is that, when someone buys a lottery ticket that money is collected by states lotteries, and they’re the ones who distribute the money according to state law....   [tags: Lottery, Lotteries in the United States]

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Symbolism and Characterization in Jackson’s The Lottery

- Traditions are passed on, from previous generations in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. Traditions, which have been lost in time, but seemingly enough the stones have not been discarded. Set on a village in a warm summer day, the story begins with several boys gathering stones for the lottery. The rest of the villagers gather in the square. The fate of the villagers is determined by a slip of paper chosen from the black box. Symbolism and characterization, from the beginning to the end, work together to reveal the story’s theme: that people blindly follow tradition even if it leads to their own destruction....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Allegory and Satire in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Originally printed in the June 26, 1948 issue of The New Yorker, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” brought about controversy from the beginning. Magazine subscriptions were immediately canceled due to the outrage at the brutal underlying message. Mrs. Jackson tore down virtually every institution that American Citizens hold dear to their hearts. Jackson believes we should not just blindly follow authority or blindly partake in any traditions that we may not understand to the full extent. “Any human institution which is allowed to continue unchallenged and unconsidered until it becomes a destructive, rather than a constructive, force in men's lives…” “The Lottery” explicates this in a manner in...   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Catholicism Exposed in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Traditions are something that are passed from generation to generation. Tradition becomes a part of who we are as a scociety. Shirley Jackson mocks society’s way of blindly following certain traditions. Characteristics of Jackson’s story create a parallel with Catholicism, by harping on our fear of change but our ability to manipulate what we want from our traditions and the basis of Catholicism’s belief of the innocence in children. Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" has created a clear link to Catholicism encouraging us to open our eyes and question our blind faith in traditions....   [tags: Essays on The Lottery]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Jack Whittaker, once a millionaire, went broke four years later. He said to the press, “I wish that we had torn the ticket up.” Although neither of these incidents have anything to do with Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” Jackson is comparing her story to a lottery. The people in the town blindly follow a tradition of the lottery, and the end is never promised to be delightful. (Chan) Tradition can be defined as a belief or event that is passed down from former generations. Many different families, religions, and towns have traditions that they keep and follow....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Stoning]

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The Significance of Tradition in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- A clear sunny day immediately turns dark with a glimpse of a sinister surprise. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a twisted tale that takes place midsummer in the early twentieth century. A small village of three hundred conducts a heinous ritual once a year which in consequence results in a loss of their community. Members of the village are reluctant to let go of the tradition of the lottery. Symbolism within “The Lottery” illustrates a transformation of the community values. There are several glimpses of the future that are represented by symbols such as the black box....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Lottery '

- ... The villager can do nothing wrong and will be murdered randomly for no reason, even children are killed. This tradition is endemic to small towns, a way to link families and generations. Old Man Warner is a character in the story and he is the most faithful to this tradition, he often fears the villagers will return to primitive times if they stop holding the lottery. These people are just ordinary people that are coming home from work or going on their lunch break and they easily kill someone when they are told to....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Fiction]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... The optimistic start and the title give the impression that “The Lottery” will be a cheerful and pleasing story, but as the end draws closer, it is revealed that the beginning was a hoax. Jackson’s innovative yet ironic beginning draws the audience into the story, but leaves them shocked to core in the conclusion. The conversation between Mr. Adams and Old Man Warner remains to be one of the clearest examples of irony in “The Lottery.” When discussing the tradition of the lottery, Old Man Warner states that without the lottery, people will go back to “living in caves, nobody work anymore, live[ing] that way for way for a while (Jackson, pg....   [tags: Short story, Stoning, The Lottery]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- In the story entitled “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the author describes an annual event that is held by neighboring towns. The event titled the lottery seems harmless at first, but as the story progresses the annual event becomes dark and tragic. Further, the villagers presented by the narrator seem to be upbeat with each individual gathering in the town square willingly and conversing with one another. The children also illustrate some excitement with constructing a pile of stones around the town square that would later be used for the lottery....   [tags: Narrative, Narrator, Town, The Lottery]

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Use of Scapegoats in The Lottery and in Our World

- An obsession exists in the world today based solely upon the use of scapegoats. According to the dictionary, a scapegoat consists of a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place. Some of the most influential scapegoats consist of Jesus Christ taking suffering for the sins of civilization, the Jewish population being punished for the problems in Germany, and more recently the U.S. citizens who perished in 9/11 being punished for the sins of America....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- There are many elements to any story, but The Lottery certainly encompasses a variety of different fields. The way Shirley Jackson writes is almost haunting, and that’s without touching the gruesome ending of her well-known short story. It is in the way her words flow together. The added, seemingly random conversations throughout The Lottery should make the story feel choppy, but those comments lead the way to a deeper understanding of the story. However, what makes The Lottery memorable are the omniscient objective narrator who is also unreliable, the hovering threat of violence in everyday people, and the lingering doubt about the reader’s own traditions. One of the deepest betrayals a re...   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Narrator]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- The cruelty of belief that leads to the celebration of happiness has shown in the short story called “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson. As the villagers, in this story, slay one of their neighbors every year, they believe that this sacrifice is going to bring them abundantly crops. People in this village seem to concede to this tradition without flout. Just as in Christmas, Jesus Christ, who is a scapegoat, volunteer himself to the sacrifice for everyone’s sin. People celebrate this tradition remembering his birth every year and believing that Christ has protected them from any adversary....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Jesus, Christ]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... Jackson is beginning to illustrate her moral of this story regarding subtle brutality. It is not until the last part of The Lottery that the true end-result of the “winner” of the lottery is revealed. “Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her ‘it isn’t fair’ she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head… And then they were upon her.” Shirley waits until the very end of the story to finally reveal the barbaric practices of the citizens of this small town....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Stoning]

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Symbols Of The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- Symbol of Death “The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson in 1948, is a provoking piece of literature about a town that continues a tradition of stoning, despite not know why the ritual started in the first place. As Jackson sets the scene, the villagers seem ordinary; but seeing that winning the lottery is fatal, the villagers are then viewed as murders by the reader. Disagreeing with the results of the lottery, Tessie Hutchinson is exposed to an external conflict between herself and the town....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Allegory, Stoning]

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The Lottery Is A Story About A Tradition

- The Lottery is a story about a tradition that has been going on for many years, but leads to death at the end. In the town square, villagers gather and watch as Mr. Sumemers brings out the black box, that is part of the tradition known as The Lottery, and mixes the slips in the box. He calls up each family and if they get a blank paper, they are safe and if they get a paper with a black dot on it, they get “the lottery”. In other towns, the lottery used to go on for 2 days straight. In the town square, the children are gathering stones and organizing them, the women are talking to each other, and the men are discussing their jobs and taxes....   [tags: Shirley Jackson, Short story, The Lottery]

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The Horror of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Winning vast amounts of money can make anyone slaphappy, but unfortunately this type of wager won’t be discussed in Shirley Jacksons “The Lottery.” Jackson catches the reader’s attention by describing a typical day by using words such as “blossoming, clear and sunny skies” to attract the reader into believing a calm and hopeful setting which eventually turns dark. In this short story Jackson tells a tale of a sinister and malevolent town in America that conforms to the treacherous acts of murder in order to keep their annual harvest tradition alive....   [tags: The Lottery Essays, Literary Analysis, Review]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... o The reality: winning is death by stoning to cause an unknown change; and crops grow, good or poorly, whether there is a lottery or not. What does she use to support her decisions. The village’s common acceptance, actions, expectations, and nostalgia relating to the lottery and the change and crops the lottery brings to the village. Examples: • Villagers believe the lottery and its rituals are valid and an acceptable practice o Villagers know what winning means, but shield their minds from the truth o Villagers do not talk or think about what the lottery really means o Villagers assume the lottery brings change and crops, so it is necessary....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Lottery '

- The Plot The Lottery begins by the action of the children in the town gather first and collect stones, then the adults arrive, and they chatting with each other for a while before they call the children back to the order. The lottery is the process to find a person win the lottery, and that can be anyone from the village. The ritual start at ten a clock in the morning and is conducted by Mr. Summer, who “had time and energy to devote to civic activities” of this small town (Shirley 13). After the random of papers selection which is done by the “heads of households in each family”from the black box, Bill Hutchinson gets the winning ticket (Shirley 14)....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Jape, The Reader]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- The Importance of Characters and Symbols in a Story Have you ever read “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson. “The Lottery” published in 1948 and it was one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature. “Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco, California on December 14, 1916. On August 8, 1965, she died of heart failure at the age of 48. She began writing short stories and poetry when she was a young teenager. In 1948, after her first novel “The Road Through The Wall”, she published her iconic story “The Lottery” and received a largest amount of hateful mails that ever have by a magazine” (Shirley Jackson 's Bio)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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Rules Of Society 's ' The Lottery '

- Rules of Society in Jackson’s “The Lottery” The titular lottery begins on a morning in June, with the entire town planning to take part in it. It seems a quaint, normal event; the adults chat amiably and the children laugh and carry on as expected. The only hint that anything seems amiss at first is the scattered gossip regarding the state of the lottery in other areas, along with the idea that the event is distinctly tied with a good harvest. Once the Hutchinson family is picked, however, it is immediately clear that things are not what they seem....   [tags: Bible, Christianity, The Lottery, Fred Phelps]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Lottery '

- ... Another hint looking back was that they could not start until everyone was there and accounted for and that it was so quiet and such a serious occasion. 4. “The Lottery” has traces of a scapegoat ritual because the winner of the lottery was stoned to death as a human sacrifice. Another example of scapegoating in today’s society was the Genocide when Hitler scapegoated the Jewish people. Another example of rituals that are retained today even though their purpose is remote is hazing. When my sister went to college in her sorority there was hazing to become a part of the sorority but there have been many cases when hazing has resulted in death and has been taken too far....   [tags: Stoning, The Lottery, Rajm, Short story]

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The Lottery Is A Bad Thing

- Most people are hopeful to win a prize when they think of the lottery, but that is not the case in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. In this short story, winning the lottery is a bad thing, not a good thing. If someone were to win the lottery in this case, he or she would be stoned to death. To determine who is the lucky winner of this dreadful lottery, the man of each household is to pick a piece of paper outside of a black box and the one with a black dot on the paper is the winning family. Then, each member of the family picks a paper out of a box and again, the one with the black dot is the winner, or in this case, the loser....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Family, Capital punishment]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- The specific details Jackson describes in the beginning of “The Lottery” set us up for the shocking conclusion. The setting in the beginning of the lottery, by Shirley Jackson, creates a mood of peacefulness and tranquility. The image portrayed by the author is that of a typical town on a normal summer day. Shirley Jackson uses this setting to foreshadow an ironic ending. The Lotteries has a theme of meaningless traditions can be harmful. The village lottery culminates in a violent murder each year, a bizarre ritual that suggests how dangerous traditions can be....   [tags: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Stoning, Narrative]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- When you hear the word “lottery”, the average person would usually think of something good or “clear and sunny” (1). This short story will have the reader thinking differently. Whether you love it or hate it, “The Lottery” has sparked emotion in everyone who has read the short story. This story masterfully shows that some traditions are not meant to be kept. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a short story about the yearly lottery in a small village of three hundred. Everyone in the village picks a ticket out of the black box starting with the husband....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... She depicts the villagers with a lack of knowledge about the lottery’s origin as well, but she shows how they continue to try to reserve the tradition without real understanding. “The Lottery” suggests that traditions and ceremonies are very critical to the survival of the village and the people within it. The village participates in a “lottery” that concludes with a vicious murder every year, an inexplicable customary that advocates how dangerous tradition are when it is blindly followed. Old Man Warner declares there was a saying: "Lottery in June, corn is heavy soon" (Jackson, 136)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson And The Article

- ... Ronda Kaysen notes that, I hung up and sobbed. David tried to console me, but I was furious at him. Why had we come here anyway. Our reasons all felt so vague and meaningless. And why wasn’t he as tortured by this decision as I was. During the main part of the article the author was deciding on shouldering or dodging her obligations by deciding if she wanted to keep the baby or abort it, eventually the author decides to keep the baby shouldering her obligation and feels better by keeping the child....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- When reading either a short story or a poem, it is important to take everything with a grain of salt and to look past what the words are saying. In the story “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson all that occurs is not as seems. What appears to be an old town tradition turns out to be a public killing in the center of the town. Several elements of the story, whether it is something large or small, go beyond the literal sense and take on a more significant and symbolic meaning. The black box, the white pieces of paper within the box, and the entire lottery event in general are all symbols in the story because they contribute to the development of the true meaning behind what “The Lottery”...   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, The Lottery]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- Themes are a part of every story. Authors want to share their impressions and understandings of life and human experience, so they might be able to help someone identify or open up to new ways of thinking and feeling. It is impossible to tell a story without letting out one 's views and attitudes toward the subject of a story. The theme is what can be taken away from the story and reflected on in one 's real life. Even if it is seemingly insignificant, superficial, or elusive. It is all part of life....   [tags: Stoning, The Lottery, Rajm, Short story]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- The Lottery Shirley Jackson was a criticized female writer that wrote about US’s scramble for conformity and finding comfort in the past or old traditions. When Jackson published this specific short story, she got very negative feedback and even death threats. In the fictionial short story, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, a drawing takes place during the summer annually in a small town in New England. In this particular work, the lottery has been a tradition for over seventy years and has been celebrated by the townspeople every year....   [tags: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Short story]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Hutchison screamed, and then they were upon her,” (Jackson,80). The lottery uses foreshadowing to prepare the reader in order to feel the cohesion of the story in ways that are easy to miss in the first reading. In the second paragraph there is the first foreshadowing that reads “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones,” (Jackson 53). In this case no explanation and significance of the actions is given since the readers don’t understand them, but it makes the end of story more of a realization rather than a surprise....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Stoning, Fiction]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Men and women were carrying on everyday conversations, while their children were casually laughing and playing with stones. Jackson best represents the casual tone of the story with the statement “… the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o’clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner.” As the time moves closer to the ritual of the lottery, the townspeople start to become quieter and some even experience hesitation knowing what is to come (Jackson)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Lottery '

- Love and death; one is hated and avoided by everyone because of its painful truth while the other is adored and sought after because of its sugarcoated lie. Neither can be avoided or talked about lightly yet there are so many stories and poems written about both of these polar opposites that it is hard to get a grasp on reality. The short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin, and the poem Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall all represent love and death going hand in hand....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- In the Lottery by Shirley Jackson, this short passage, discuss the significance of characterization, tone, symbolism, metaphor, similes and different phrases each of these subjects helps shape the short story. In this short story the Lottery takes place in a small village in which the town gathers around in order to pick names out of the box. This story has to deal with the themes dangers of blindly following tradition but also the randomness of persecution. In the short story the Lottery gave off to be an interesting passage with different themes which are danger of blindly following tradition and also the randomness of persecution....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- Families and towns today embrace their own culture and teach the unwritten laws of their ancestors through tradition, or the spread of customs or beliefs from generation to generation. Tradition allows a reflection to be made on the world of others, reminding people of their connection to something of a bigger purpose. In The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, a tradition is instilled in the residents of a small, dreary town to partake in a town-wide lottery. This story begins in the spirit of tradition but ends with a custom amidst a dark end....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Shirley Jackson, Sacrifice]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- Shirley Jackson’s renowned short story “The Lottery” is one of the most recognized short stories today as it draws people in due to the work’s unexpected ending. Centered in a small, unnamed town, “The Lottery” follows the townspeople throughout their annual lottery process that is performed with the same level of regard as the school dances. Throughout the story the ‘prize’ of the lottery is not revealed until the moment in the story’s conclusion in which the protagonist, Tessie Hutchinson, is hit in the head with the first of many rocks after drawing the marked slip of paper revealing that to win the lottery is to be stoned by the community (Jackson 673-679)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... By ironically choosing a pleasant environment in which to set her “horror story”, Jackson conveys the ugly truth that incidences such as these can occur anytime, anywhere. Through the power of mob mentality, any friendly looking environment can succumb to carrying out horrible deeds if it is masked as a tradition or a law. Also, it conveys how traditions can look pleasing on the surface but be harmful in nature, just as how the setting was portrayed in the story (sunny and blooming on the outside but barbaric and violent on the inside)....   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, The Lottery]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Once the lottery is actually underway, Tessie is the only person to verbally object to the process. When her husband, Bill, draws the marked strip of paper, Tessie protests that Bill did not have enough “time to take any paper he wanted” and that the process “wasn’t fair” (413). The eagerness that Tessie displayed at the start of the Lottery quickly changes to a desperation to get out once it is her family and her slip of paper with a mark on it. She goes so far as to try and substitute her daughter and son-in-law for herself....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Short story, Rajm]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Old man Warner in the village looks down upon the other towns that have removed the lottery calling them a “pack of crazy fools” (Jackson). His opinion is that without the lottery, the villagers will return back to their primitive ancestral behaviors. Since no one has spoken out against the lottery, this allowed stoning or murder has become normal to the people of the village. They feel as if they cannot change or even try to change any parts of the tradition, however, no one is forcing them to keep doing the lottery....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... The box is very similar to traditions. They both grow old. Each year it becomes more useless, and deteriorates with time. The next symbol in “The Lottery” are the stones used to murder Tessie. They symbolize murder. “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use the stones” (Jackson). The stones were used by the ancestors, who were more barbaric the further back they go. “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones” (Jackson)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- The lottery The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is about how society runs towards violence to practice tradition whether it have a purpose and meaning or it is bizarre and pointless and people tend to look for such event to vent their rage and anger out towards others. The story is written based on irony, making the reader thinks that nothing is wrong and everything is going well in this little village. Jackson mostly uses situational irony throughout the story, surprising the reader by the characters actions and the event of the story....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Shirley Jackson, Rajm]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a short story that portrays the shortfalls of outdated traditions that no longer serve a meaningful purpose and can have negative effects on social behavior. Symbolism and irony are used to show the reader how meaningless traditions can cause people to have blind allegiance resulting in misguided beliefs and practices. Jackson points out the decay of present society through her narration of an ancient rural tradition and an emphasis on irony. The reader is misled by the title to believe that the lottery is drawing for a prize, as is the case in modern day society....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Rajm, Short story]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... Foreshadowing is also used many times and in many different ways in “The Lottery.” Foreshadowing is an advanced warning of what is to come in the future (www.vocabulary.com). Jackson foreshadows the cruel events to come by including the second paragraph. “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones,.. they eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square (Jackson, 1)....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... Old Man Warner is an example of irrational authority because the others in a way want to give up the lottery and with good reason; the interests of the people is ignored by the authoritative figure (Fromm 363). The authoritative symbol is the black box, which is used to do the lottery. Although it may not seem like a box can control people; it has a sense of tradition to it and for that reason, it manipulates the people in the town into thinking that they have to do the lottery or else something bad will happen to them all (Jackson 212)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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