The Lottery Analysis

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"The Lottery" is a short story by Shirley Jackson, and its central theme involves the risk of following tradition blindly; another theme has to do with the unpredictability of society behavior. The lottery in this small town exposes the dark underbelly of every tradition that cultures follow. At the beginning of the story, all we know is that a drawing is taking place and that the entire town's attendance is expected. In small towns, tradition is often revered, and even details such as the black box and the origin of the small slips of paper receive a lot of attention. However, the habitual acceptance of the lottery has made ritual homicide a part of the community lore. When murmurs about change begin to drift through the town, the superstitious voice of Old Man Warner makes the townspeople fear that their whole way of life would fall apart without this grisly drawing. The random elements of society violence also appear as a theme in "The Lottery." There is no reason for Tessie Hutchinson to die other than that she happened to draw the wrong slip of paper. However, once that took place, she stopped being a member of the community. Just that quickly, and that arbitrarily, she was marked for death.
Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" is a story that is full of symbols. Symbols are found in this story in people, objects, and names. There is even a symbol that is a piece of furniture.Three of them is the lottery itself, the black box, and the names of several of the characters. The lottery is symbolic of the cruelty and inhumane practices that still exist in the world today. One of the reasons Jackson wrote this story was to bring attention to the inhumanity found in society. Another symbol is the black box from which families' names are picked. It clearly represents the doom that is forthcoming death (imminent death). It also represents tradition since it is coming apart
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