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Symbolism In The Lottery

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In Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery”, symbolism is very present. She connects the symbols to the theme in order to help readers understand. In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson plays with the idea of evil of following tradition. It is clear that Shirley Jackson uses symbols in “The Lottery” to signify tradition, brutality and death. Some of the most important symbols in “The Lottery” are the black box, the stones, and the papers with black spots that all enforce the theme of the dangers following tradition blindly.
The first symbol is the black box that represents tradition. One example of the age of this box is on the second page. It says, “the original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resending on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born,” (Jackson 2). This displays that this box has been used for generations and is a big part of the lottery. Following the tradition of the box may be dangerous or fatal, represented by the black deathly color. Another example of the tradition of the black box is “Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one like to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box,” (Jackson 2). It is apparent that the village people do not want to modify this tradition, they are just blindly following. The village people follow this tradition without inquest, yet they apprehend that it is dangerous and
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