Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Throughout the history of humanity, there have been signs of ancient traditions in many different cultures. Some traditions have been passed down through generations and generations, because it provides comfort to those who are frightened by the ever-evolving society around them. These small traditions give those who practice a sense of control and power over the lives of those who practice them while everything around them changes and evolves. Authors Shirley Jackson and Ursula Le Guin, along with director Lasse Hallstrom introduce their readers and viewers to characters who believe that their traditions help give them control over aspects of life that are uncontrollable to the reader. It is through the authors and directors compelling narrative and unique worlds that they show their readers, and or viewers, that the order and control people gather from tradition is only a perception of control and power. In Shirley Jackson’s short story titled “The Lottery”, Jackson introduces readers to a fictional town, where the citizens are all gathered in the town square for the annual lottery. The shocking reality of the lottery is quickly introduced to the readers as the story comes to a close when Jackson writes “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones. The pile of stones the boys had made earlier was ready… ‘It isn 't fair,’ she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head… ‘It isn 't fair, it isn 't
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