The Negative Effects Of Tradition. Since The Early 1900S,

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The Negative Effects of Tradition Since the early 1900s, “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson, is a haunting tale of ritualistic murder, intertwined with tradition and fear. Within this story, there are several themes to be found, such the effects of being a scapegoat, gender and family roles, and ultimately human nature. In this specific case, the short story introduces the themes of tradition. “The Lottery” asserts that the negatives of tradition can be dangerous, if followed blindly in a society that refuses to progress due to conformity, mob mentality, and a subtle, selfish enjoyment of violence. “The Lottery” demonstrates the dangers of blindly following a deep-rooted tradition due to conformity. Partially, this is purely out of…show more content…
. Despite bringing up the neighboring villagers, when Tessie is surrounded and about to be stoned, “Steve Adams was in the front of the crowd of villagers, with Mrs. Graves beside him.” (The Lottery) In this sentence, Adams is clearly trying to prove that he is not against the lottery and is the most eager to see it through. It is a show that the minority who want the lottery to end are outnumbered by the majority who staunchly do not. Within this village also, there is a dated form of gender hierarchy, where the woman is more subservient to man, unable to represent themselves, and needing a man to do it for them; This is demonstrated when all the male heads of the household pull slips in the first drawing, and a family without a father figure must send the eldest child to go for him. “A tall boy in the crowd raised his hand. ‘Here,’ he said. ‘I 'm drawing for my mother and me." He blinked his eyes nervously and ducked his head as several voices in the crowd said things like ‘Good fellow, lack.’ and ‘Glad to see your mother 's got a man to do it.’” (The Lottery). Women have little to no say in how this progresses, and when women such as Tessie stand out, it is treated as a humorous moment, or the husband lashes out. With the idea of a certain tradition still around and staunchly

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