Tradition In The Lottery By Ursula K. Leguin

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Are the any any disadvantages to traditions? Society is heavily influenced by many ideologies. Some includes, religion, politics, economy, and moral/culture. However, all the ideologies that affect the society has one thing in common, which is tradition. Tradition makes up the very fabric of society. It is a practice that was established in the past and it is still continuing to be celebrated to the president day. For example, the lottery in the story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and the imprisonment of the child in the story “The Ones Who Walks Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. LeGuin. Tradition helps establish the social norms of what is accepted and what is not. The outlook in life that an individual has is heavily affected by their tradition, shaping their own life in turn. Although, tradition plays a key factor in society and in everyday life, it could be also be tremendously disadvantages if the tradition in itself is harmful/toxic to the community that holds the believes.
In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson present a story that describes the annual lottery that takes place in a small town in the summer. Since the town was founded the lottery has been a part of its tradition. The original purpose of the lottery was to ensure that the town has an exceptional harvest, but the reason has been lost in time. Now the town held its annual lottery just because it has been their “tradition”. The one who draws the black dotted paper from the black box become the winner, who
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