Cruelty In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Tradition of cruelty and Ticket to Death in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery
The Lottery is a short story by Shirley Jackson about an annual lottery draw in a small village in which one citizen is randomly selected to be stoned to death by its members. This practice has taken place in this community for over seventy years and its main aim is to ensure a good harvest. The winner of the lottery is the one who gets to be stoned by the rest of the village and in this case the winner is Tessie Hutchinson. Member of this community is blinded by tradition to the extent that they have given up any sense of logic by acting with no remorse towards the victimized believing that she will ensure fertility for the land.
The Ironical part of this is that Tessie
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