Although Humankind Has Always Practiced A Spectrum Of Diversified

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Although humankind has always practiced a spectrum of diversified cultures and rituals throughout history, people will remain constant. They will hang on to their ancient learnings creating a transparent, barbaric-based environment. Shirley Jackson’s famous short story “The Lottery” has created controversy among her audience with regard to its purpose. The story describes a small New England village which practices an annual ritual known as “The Lottery”. In the beginning of “The Lottery”, townspeople gather in the village’s town square, where everyone waits for the ritual to commence. One of the main characters, Mr. Summers, hosts the lottery and chooses a “lucky” winner from a black, broken-down box. After selecting a name from the box,…show more content…
The description of the rituals show that someone influences the people to chant and praise. This illustrates an otherworldly identification of the leader. Jackson further describes the victim of the lottery as someone who stood before the crowd resembling a divine being. Words such as “duly” and “supposed” provides knowledge that the village practiced and followed the same procedure every year with no other alternatives or any other unrequired arrangements. Similarly, Old Man Warner, when talking about the dangers of discontinuing the lottery, continues, “Used to be a saying about ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon’” (Jackson 4). Old Man Warner’s words imply the worship of a higher being, who willingly. sacrifice their own people to a divine individual with the hope that the rest of the year will be successful. This proves that the villagers don’t necessarily understand the real reason for the lottery; they subside because they believe in a higher being who will reward them with a good year. Although Jackson does tie “The Lottery” to a Biblical theme, there lies a greater reason for the twisted ending of her short story. “The Lottery” uses details to illustrate the traditional customs of patriarchy. The abundance of evidence in the text that suggests that males dominate this society. “The lottery was conducted--as were the square dances, the teen club, the Halloween program--by Mr. Summers” (Jackson 1).

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