Examples Of Traditions In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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“The Lottery Tradition” “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson begins in a small town with a description of a bright and serene setting in a small village. The morning the event took place was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. It appears that the town is gathering for an important event. Jackson portrays a picture of innocent children playing together; who seem eager for the lottery to take place. As the story continues there is an awareness that the event taking place is not something positive that they look forward to. Many of the towns' people seem uneasy. Jackson suggests many individuals are not strong enough to…show more content…
Old Man Warner said stoutly "Pack of young fools (5).” She uses Mrs. Hutchinson to represent the young and the new thoughts and fears of the old traditions. "I think we ought to start over," Mrs. Hutchinson said, as quietly as she could. "I tell you it wasn't fair. You didn't give him time enough to choose. Everybody saw that (8).” Slips are opened, the “winner” "It's Tessie," Mr. Summers said (8). The inhumane actions are portrayed when the town, including Hutchinson’s own son start throwing stones at Tessie. It isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her (9). Morality, progress and change are all questioned, and still nothing is resolved. Society's conscience is ignored in order to preserve tradition. We see how traditions, whether right or wrong influence all we do and affect our children. “ The Lottery," expresses capitalism by accusing those whom it cannot or will not employ of being lazy, promoting "the family" as the essential social unit in order to discourage broader associations and identifications, offering men power over their wives as a consolation for their
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