The Lottery Essay

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“The Lottery” Dictionary.com’s defines tradition as the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice. In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson’s she writes about a community of people with deep traditions, who come together and share certain interests and ideas or tradition. In such interactions, the good and the bad among each individual are influenced, and the people tend to think in a specific way without any question if it is right or wrong. The community begins to think of certain ideas as good and evil, and some as necessary. But these ideas do not always have to be right. It could often be completely unthinkable. In "The Lottery", Shirley Jackson uses the change in character of Tessie Hutchinson, to portray the evil that lies within the society, and how deep rooted tradition will change her forever. No one in the community questions the tradition of the lottery, until Tessie, but only when she got picked for it. At first she is in a very good mood and is excited for the lottery. While talking to her friend Mrs. Delacroix, she says "Clean forgot what day it was” and they both laughed (Jackson 252). She just simply follows the traditions of the lottery because it had been done for years. But once the Hutchinson’s family gets picked, Tessie starts to question the lottery. She looks for ways to avoid being picked. She tells Mr. Summers that he did not give Bill "enough time to take the paper he wanted. “I saw you. It wasn’t fair!" (Jackson 254). The people of the community are really missing relationship bonds. While trying to minimize her chances of being picked, Tessie shamelessly points to her family and tells Mr. Summers to "make them take their chance" (Jackson 254). She has turned selfish, she wants to include her own daughter and son in law, rather than

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