Theme Of Tradition In The Lottery

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There are numerous origins and types of traditions. A tradition is something that everyone believes in their own way of understanding and they practice that tradition. However, there are many ways to believe or not believe in other’s traditions. A tradition is the handing down of a statement, beliefs, legends, customs, and information from generation to generation. It can be transferred by word of mouth, action or by practice. Everyone has their own way to practice their tradition and beliefs. It can also be the best way to teach children where their family came from. Shirley Jackson, the author of “The Lottery,” started her story with the description of a clear, sunny summer day in a small village. The townspeople were beginning to gather in the town square for the annual “lottery”. The lottery was like a ritual for the townspeople. Usually, it happens every June of the year at the place where young boys collect pebbles with their pockets full of numerous stones and where some women gossip others and laugh together, foreshadowing the twisted ending to this chilling short story “The Lottery” displays the theme of unwavering ritualistic tradition and the use of symbolism throughout the story. In fact, “The Lottery” is an important part of the culture of the village and has been practiced for many years, much longer than anyone still living can remember. While the original function of the ceremony may have been lost, that does not mean that it never had a purpose.

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