Great Theme of Symbolism in the Short Story, The Lottery, by by Shirley Jackson

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Short stories, although not as lengthy as other forms of literature, still create a huge impact in a limited amount of time. The goal of most short stories is to convey a message or moral, but like any form of literature, some short stories are better than others. Out of all the short fictions read in the Grade 11 English curriculum, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is by far the most important story read because of the theme, the characters and the symbolism.
The Lottery is a story about a community, who every year draws the lottery for someone in the village. A lottery is often associated with positive things such as prizes, and money, however, this story has a twist; whoever gets the black marked lottery ticket is stoned by the community people as it is a long tradition that has been passed down generation after generation. As bizarre and crazy as The Lottery seems, it can be compared very much to World War II. The lottery picking represents an action, the action of unjustified persecution and the danger of following traditions blindly. Having picked the black mark is not a valid excuse for execution and neither is being Jewish, they are both things that as a human beings, there is no physical control over. However, no one dared to speak up in the community because it was historical ritual. No matter how bizarre and morally incorrect it seemed, to the community it was…
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