In Jackson'S 'The Lottery, Custom And Tradition Institutionalize

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In Jackson 's 'The Lottery, custom and tradition institutionalize atrocious acts. In the story the setting is a small, what looks to be an inspiring community with a population of around three hundred people. Jackson paints a picture of a community where he said, “flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green.” (1) . Jackson wants the audience to believe that the community was ordinary and innocent, but ends with a dramatic and unnecessary stoning. It leaves the readers stunned, but Religious Persecution happens all over the world in the most remote place and right in our back yards, and readers are not able to wrap their minds around that truth. On a quiet morning, June 27th, the residents, beginning with the…show more content…
The color of the box even symbolizes the hate & evil. The three-legged stool that the black box sits upon represents the Trinity. Each segment represents God the father, God the son, and the Holy Spirit. The wooden stool that the black box of evil sits upon, is ironic because the Trinity represents purity and perfectness, but the black box of death represents sin and evil. This is very important because they are trying to justify their stoning with religion to support the violence that will be committed, thinking that it’s is justifiable to stone someone to death because of religious views or ideas, and that God would be ok with the community sacrificing innocent people. “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones.”(123) This quote show that the community was willing to forget a little from the past, but not the crude stoning of another human being. The townspeople seem to get some sort of sick pleasure from the stoning. “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones;” (2) this shows us that the young kids were find the smoothest rocks. Most rocks were very raspy and unsmooth . The reason is because the smoothest rock would not kill the victim fast, jagged rocks will kill the victim very quickly, but with smooth stones, it would make the victim have a very slow and painful

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