Duality Of Human Nature In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," Mrs. Delacroix conveys the duality of human nature through abruptly betraying Tessie when she is chosen to be sacrificed. For example, before the lottery, Tessie talks with Mrs. Delacroix then "Tapped Mrs. Delcaroix on the arm as a farewell and made her way through the crowd" (Jackson 2). By tapping Mrs. Delacroix on the arm as 'a farewell,' Tessie wishes her luck and believes that Mrs. Delacroix is her friend. The friendly nature between the two women shows Mrs. Delacroix's righteous and kind side to her personality. Also, when Tessie complains that it was not fair that someone in her family was to be stoned Mrs. Delacriox says " 'Be a good sport Tessie' " (4). Immediately, Mrs. Delacroix acts selfish

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