The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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“The Lottery”, an idiosyncrasy full of twisted hidden symbolisms and horror by Shirley Jackson. The symbolisms, the black box, the three legged stool and the stones used in the lottery, are a vivid reference to a sociological event where tradition outweighs moral rationalism. It’s a well written fictional illustration, yet fierce in its details and horror against a human agency where the long history of the tradition, The Lottery, morally crushes rationalism. The black box is a representative statue in the town’s conformity to a tradition which occurs yearly on the morning of June27th that has clouded the judgment, good practical moral standards from the adults all the way down to the future generations, the children. The box, a form of theology that can be related to the worldly tradition of civic, social and events driven by customs, beliefs or even laws where there is some form of formal or informal court system. “The lottery was conducted—as were the square dances, the teen club, the Halloween program—by Mr. Summers, who had time and energy to devote to civic activities” (4). This form of the court system is powered by local officials, head village persons or religious officials. “There was the proper swearing-in of Mr. Summers by the postmaster, as the official of the lottery… ” (8). Mr. Summers being sworn-in to uphold the ritual of using the black box as a form of bible to uphold the community court definitely shows that the people of this village have been set in

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