Lottery By Shirley Jackson Thesis

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Nowadays, when we know death does not help crops grow, but the village does it anyway. The lottery is conducted from a sense of tradition and commitment to the past. The villagers are not sure what the lottery was exactly like back then “Because so much of the ritual has been forgotten or discarded” (Page 49, line 93). The original ritual might have been different, or just not favorable by the town, but he most painful part, the death of a person, was kept as a way of honoring the past. In addition, we can see how the younger , more modern generation is okay with this because the town elders encourage it as well. It is so encouraged, that “someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles” (Page 58, line 421). These villagers are making a
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