The Danger Of Traditions Desensitizing Humanity In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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The Danger of Traditions Desensitizing Humanity The meaning of tradition is easily lost when blending into an entirely Patriarchal Society. The fairly brief dystopian novel written by Shirley Jackson, The Lottery, dramatizes a small village executing their yearly ritual post to WWII; feministically speaking, society’s cultural normalities downgrade woman. Implicitly, traditions desensitize humanity leading an entire society to oppression. Jackson resembles character’s behaviour and their actions morally blinded; subsequently, through the act of conforming to tradition, victimization against women, as well as symbolism. It is however, human nature to adapt to the surrounding culture given at birth.
While living in a patriarchal society, following by customs is crucial for survival. First, woman alienation effects a socioeconomic community. Research further examines the time era: The United States during the late 1940s and 1950s was largely a patriarchal society, one in which women had little power and were expected to stay at home and raise the children...Peter Kosenko, for example, stated in The New Orleans Review in 1985 that in the women ‘have a distinctly subordinate position in the socioeconomic hierarchy of the village’”(Canada in Context). Accordingly, the silence of all characters suggests they rather be confined to misogynistic ways, only to avoid disruption of patriarchy. Likewise, Elderly have pessimistic opinions of the younger generation based on other

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