Scapegoat : A Necessary Convenience Of Society

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Scapegoat: A Necessary Convenience of Society
Each year people begin with a chance to start over. An opportunity, to set goals to live healthy, go back to school, save money, and advance in a current career. With goals comes change, and change is challenging, not welcomed by many. Excuses, made to avoid sticking to the change. Mark Twain took a look at New Year’s, as an annual example of promises to oneself, only to find failure even before the first 30 days are completed. Twain stated, “New Year 's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion.” (Twain “The Works”) In his quote found Territorial Enterprise, January 1, 1863 he states “the following week you will be paving hell with them as usual.” By his own admission New Year’s is no more than a scapegoat for the previous year’s sins. Looking at “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson depicts a story that shows society’s avoidance of change, the need for a scapegoat.
“The Lottery” uses the scapegoat theory to set the stage of an annual ritual that no one wants to win. They use the ritual with what’s implied as” Lottery in June corn be heavy soon.” (Jackson 136) looking for a sacrifice or scapegoat to win “The Lottery” for a prosperous year. Looking the history of the scapegoat, it is a word and a translation that

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