Blindly Following Traditions In The Lottery

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The short story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson takes place in a small American town. A yearly tradition of this town is holding a lottery, in which one person is chosen at random to be stoned to death by the other citizens of the town. Even though neighboring town begin to question this tradition, no one from this town does. Jackson illustrates the theme of blindly following traditions could be harmful in “The lottery by using conflict of man vs. society.
First, to prove the theme of blindly following traditions could be harmful; after each yearly lottery the villagers discussed building a new box, “ Mr. Summer spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box”. The quote shows that the villagers are refusing to change the ‘black box’ because they did not want to offend the traditions of the first people who settled down to build the village and some pieces of the original comprised of it. However, they were losing their family and friend because of such a practice.
Second, Relative idea that can aid explaining the villagers thoughts is moral relativism which branched to two main ideas subjectivism and objectivism. Subjectivism is philosophical theory describe the people’s mental activity
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The villagers were extremely blind that they even did not want to rebuild the ‘black box’ because of the pieces included in the box. It was vulnerable to them that are for some people said that it was made from some pieces of the original. The decisions they made were right to them because this is how they saw it. They were subjectively taking their decisions, which mean they thought that the old villagers are right; thus, the practice was correct to them. It was blinding their eyes from the truth that they were losing the dearest people to their
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