The Morality Of Old Tradition In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery" is all about how an old tradition as the lottery exceeds our expectations. First by giving us the readers the believe that the price of the lottery would be something great. Making us questioning the results and why to do this with no explanation at the end. Teaching us how traditions are that don’t make sense are killing because Society is clinging to this traditions and practices. The narratives that we find in this story are always set in the most everyday reality, in a daily routine that apparently has nothing special. Until everything changes. Although we do not find in these stories supernatural elements or the characteristics of horror stories. Perhaps because it is responsible for teaching us the terrible …show more content…

The point is if Old Warner were to be questioned as to what the purpose of the draw is being made he would surely have no idea. Individuals clinging to bloody traditions and barbaric practices, who thinks that things should be done in the same way that they were done for a long time ago, we can find today in any place, there are many and many Warner scattered around the world but, after all, more cynical than he, because they only accept the rules of the game in the areas of their lives that interest them, participate willingly in the drawings where they do not run the risk of being them.Quotes from the story like “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, was born. Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.”(1) showing that the villagers don’t want to change anything and “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones.”(2) That they still follow it even when they know what is happening even enjoy it.The development of the draw is interpreted as an image of the structure of society: individual, family, people. Tradition comes from the people, families respect it, and individuals do not rebel against it. It should not be overlooked that women here have little to say the detail of Mrs. Hutchinson who arrives late because she does not want to leave the dishes unwashed be an active part. Another part of the story is Mr. Graves does not have a single dialogue line, but he is still head of the lottery. He doesn’t care what results could be, he just wants the tradition to be

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  • Analyzes how shirley jackson's "the lottery" is all about how an old tradition as the lottery exceeds our expectations.
  • Analyzes how the narratives of jackson are set in the most everyday reality, in a daily routine that seems to have nothing special.
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