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In the story, “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses her characterization to expose that communities often blindly follow traditions and as a result suffer negative consequences. We first get to know Tessie Hutchinson when she carelessly tells her village how she mistakenly “… forgot what day it was”. It appears the reader that she does not take this tradition with any consideration, ignoring the fact that it could clearly be the ticket to her death. Its not until the black dot is placed into her hands that she realizes that the ritual actually “… isn’t fair…isn’t right.” Old man Warner, the eldest of the town, also supports this logic when he calls villages off to the north that had quit the lottery a, “pack of crazy fools”. He is completely enthralled with keeping the ceremony the same without even considering if what he believes is actually relevant or sane. He even goes to the extent to state, “There’s always been a lottery”, as if to say, why change it if it’s always been there? Probably the most twisted concept to swallow is how many traditions consume the oblivious youth. Such as the Hutchinson children, Nancy and Bill Jr., that “beamed and laughed” after they had opened their slips of paper and found that their parents would be stoned instead of themselves. In most cases you would easily not expect a child to act in such a matter when placed in this situation. But they are so sucked into what they have become accustomed to that they follow through as though it’s not a big deal. In the end, even Davy Hutchinson is handed a few pebbles to take his mothers life with. All the towns people display a civilization that follows a tradition even though they can’t trace back its real purpose and all fall to a grime fate of taking a life, losing a friend, or losing their own

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