Hypocrisy in "The Lottery" Short Story

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Hypocrisy comes with many definitions. According to Wikipedia, hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have. From the same source, Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie. For example, a person says that corruption is bad, but the person does corruption. From other source (Cambridge Dictionary), hypocrisy means a condition when someone pretends to believe something that they do not really believe or that is the opposite of what they do or say at another time. Then the definition of hypocrisy from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary is a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially: the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion. In conclusion, hypocrisy is the act of pretending to do something in accordance with religious and moral value. In The Lottery short story, there is a sudden change in the atmosphere and the behavior of people. In the beginning, the people in the town look happy. They know each other and talk to each other, like talking to friends (evidence: “They greeted one another and exchanged bits of gossip as they went to join their husbands.”[p. 3]). The bonds between the members of the population look pretty close enough. It’s not just the adults who look happy, the children also happy. The children play together and talk to each other while the adults are on the way to the town square (evidence: The girls stood aside, talking among themselves, looking over their shoulders at the boys, and the very small children rolled in the dust or clung to the hands of their older brothers or sisters.” [p. 2]). It makes the atmosphere in the beginning good. Only when the ceremony begins, the atmosphere begins to change. The people start to reveal their true nature. The bonds which look pretty close enough

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