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The Morality Of Technology In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Things have changed in the last ten years. Look around. The phones, computers, and and other electronic devices looked much different in 2007. As technology marches on, we as a society continue to make efforts to better ourselves. In these endeavours, we tend to do away with things that are considered “redundant” or “old-fashioned”. However, as technology continues to improve, there will always be opposers. Think -- how many times have you heard someone complain about the technology and behaviour of the newer generation? Most will prefer the familiarity of traditions and old ways of doing things, whether or not those ways are efficient, morally sound, or harmful, such as in the case of “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. “The Lottery” describes the proceedings of a lottery in an American village, in which the winner of the lottery will be stoned to death. Most readers are shocked when they get to the ending, mainly because they would never expect something so horrific to be described with such normality. Perhaps the narrator of the “Lottery” themselves grew up with and is used to such a tradition. Perhaps to them, they are just describing a regular part of life. It can be said, then, that “The Lottery” depicts how a person’s surroundings play the role of guide, shaping their morals and ethics. In “The Lottery”, the stability of tradition is maintained by indoctrination. Indoctrination can be defined as the process of inculcating a person with ideas, attitudes, cognitive
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