Reaction To The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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Reaction to The Lottery Is tradition a blindly way of passing down beliefs, rituals, activities through generations and keeping them alive in human societies? Shirley Hardie Jackson (December 14 1916 - August 8 1965) was an American writer whose work has received increased attention from literary critics.Jackson is best known for the short story;’’The lottery’’ that describes a small town which observes an annual ritual-a lottery.Every year this old tradition culminates with a violent murder of an innocent villager. Details of a small village and American life are mentioned upon a description of the annual ritual known as the lottery,conducted every year on June 27th, organized by Mr.Summers.It is mentioned on the story that:’’The lottery was Mr. Summers who had time and energy to devote to civic activities’’.In the first part of the story author writes ’’Soon the men began to gather surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes’’ illustrating villagers as reasonable and concerned with the everyday routines of life such as weather, farming and taxes. As soon as Mr.Summer brings the black old box the locals are excited yet in a nervous mood.It is written in the story that ‘’The black box grew shabbier each year by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one side to show the original wood color, and in some places faded or stained’’ claiming the black box as a symbol of the lottery’s ongoing
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