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Research Paper On The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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I believe that the characters in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson are so willing to stone innocents to death is because they believe that it is for a good purpose. It is very similar to how the subjects of the Milgram experiment were alright – on a moral level – with shocking an innocent for the sake of scientific advancements. The citizens are not being ordered to continue with the lottery – Old Man Warner and Mr. Summers never explicitly say that continuing the lottery out of the question – but the two do imply their support for the lottery and its results. For whatever reason, the citizens genuinely believe that the lottery is worth continuing, despite its direct effects in the deaths of those who were once held dear to them. Similarly to
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