The Lottery Critical Analysis

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"The Lottery" is a short story about the dangers of unexamined traditions and the dark side of the human nature. Shirley Jackson reveals a shocking dark look into society that lampoons traditions, families, and the cruelty that all humans can reveal towards each other. It seems in the story that we are reminded of how a society can seemingly blindly follow any tradition without truly knowing the source, or even why the tradition is followed. It's been proven many times that societies can follow a tradition simply on the fact that they were taught that as a child, or at a younger age, and it was just how they were raised. The story reminds me of a Psychological study about a group of monkeys that were kept in a room where they hung bananas over a ladder in the middle of the room. 5 monkeys are locked in a cage and a banana was hung from the ceiling and a ladder was placed right underneath it. As predicted, immediately, one of the monkeys would race towards the ladder, to grab the banana. However, as soon as he would start to climb, the researcher would spray the monkey with ice-cold water, but here's the kicker- In addition, he would also spray the other four monkeys…When a second monkey tried to climb the ladder, the researcher would, again, spray the monkey with ice-cold water, As well as the other four watching monkeys; This was repeated again and again until they learned their lesson, “Climbing equals scary cold water for EVERYONE so No One Climbs the ladder.” After all of the monkeys knew what was going on, they would take out one monkey and introduce a new one to the group. This monkey knew nothing of what was going on, so as expected he would try for the coveted bananas. The other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed again, would gang up and beat on the monkey to teach him not to go for the bananas. They repeated this process of taking monkeys out and

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