Should The Lottery Be Kept Alive

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In a dystopian village, “A stone hit her in the side of the head. It isn’t fair, it isn’t right, Mrs. Hutchinson screamed and then they were upon her” (7). Keeping the tradition of the lottery alive means that the members of Tessie’s family, her friends, and the villagers will stone her to death. Tessie Hutchinson is the unluckiest person this year, having won the lottery. The theme of “The Lottery” is that there are some traditions that should not be kept alive. In the short story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the author uses the narrative technique of revealing actions to show the theme of how overtime,continuing a tradition can be senseless. Jackson writes, “Tessie held her hand out desperately as the villagers moved in on her”…show more content…
Jackson writes, “Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box” (1). This quote illustrates the refusal of the town to replace the black box. This also symbolizes their refusal to let go of the tradition. It also displays how superstitious the townspeople were in their reluctance to change anything out of fear. The reader can see how attached people can become to a tradition even one’s that should not be kept alive. Jackson writes “the black box grew shabbier each year: by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one side to show the original wood color, and in some places faded or stained” (1-2). This quote is significant because it helps the reader gain insight into the age and awful condition of the black box. Even though the black box is falling apart, the townspeople will not replace it. The description of the black box and how unwilling the townspeople are to replace it, shows how old the tradition is. Jackson is telling the reader how this tradition should not be kept alive through
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