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Tradition In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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The short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is about a village who have an annual lottery where the winner is stoned to death. I think the purpose of the lottery is for a tradition when the town first started, but now it has turned into entertainment.

One piece of evidence is “The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town (pg. 16 line 70-74).” This shows that the lottery was old because since the original paraphernalia was lost the black box had to be put into use. The black box is older than the oldest man in town indicating that the tradition is very old. “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones (pg. 28 line 408-411).” This line shows that the Lottery was very old because they had “forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box”. Meaning generations and generations ago they had a ritual and a original box but over the ages people have lost or broke the box. “Some people remembered, there had been a recital… performed by the
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Hutchinson came hurriedly along the path… and slid into place in the back of the crowd. ‘Clean forgot what day it was,’ she said to Mrs.Delacroix, who stood next to her, they both laughed softly (pg. 18 line 139-144).” Mrs. Hutchinson was selected and now people are picking stones to throw at her. “Mrs. Delacroix selected a stone so large she had to pick up with both hands and turned to Mrs. Dunbar. ‘Come on,’ she said ‘Hurry up’(pg. 28 line 413-416).” This shows that it turned into entertainment because before Mrs. Delacroix and Mrs. Hutchinson were talking together and even laughed but Mrs. Delacroix picked up an extra big rock to throw at Mrs. Hutchinson. Mrs. Delacroix is showing that she even wants to kill her friend because it’s
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