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The Effects Of Blindly Following Tradition In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Does thoughtlessly obeying tradition justify senseless and violent murder? The setting of the story takes place in a small fictional village around the time an annual event dubbed “The Lottery” is being conducted, which garners the attention of the entire community. The tone in the beginning is presented with a jovial and positive atmosphere sharply contrasting the gruesome ending and revelation of just exactly what “the lottery” is; Exploring themes such as the potentially harrowing effects of blindly following tradition, the impersonal randomness of prosecution, as well as the fear of change and the stagnating effect it can have. This paper intends
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