Analysis Of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Traditions: Relevance Unclear to Their Purpose Since the turn of the century and the creation of new innovations in technology, families across the world have seen the ownership of televisions and other electronics as signs of success. CBS News writer, Greg Anrig comments on the usage of technology--specifically televisions--in the American home, as they have practically taken over the role of a babysitter in the common American household (Anrig). As the usage of the television has increased in the home more research has been conducted on the effects it has on children. Michael Lasalandra of The Boston Herald explained the effect TV has on children’s health, “families that usually eat meals while watching TV eat fewer fruits and vegetables and more junk food than those who dine with the set turned off” (Lasalandra). Just as the new “norm” of watching television while having dinner or having televisions in most children’s bedrooms, is commonly accepted; the consequences of these practiced must also be reviewed. In the short story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, a small secluded town participates in a “lottery” yearly that results in the choosing of a towns member to be stoned. A mother and well-known housewife, Tessie, is chosen as the winner of the lottery resulting in her family and friends turning against her and stoning her to death. I contend that becoming preoccupied with fads or other traditions can destroy existing relationships, as seen with Tessie once she
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