The Black Box As Symbols In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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The short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson utilizes the black box as a symbol to imply an underlying message of how through the evolution of generations, rituals are starting to slowly diminish and new ones are starting to generate even though important concepts may stay the same. Mr. Summers, the conductor of the lottery, is concluding the lottery and informing the townspeople to start preparing themselves to throw the pebbles to Tessi Huchinson, who is the winner of the lottery. Jackson evokes how “although the villiagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to do stones.” (34). Jackson demostrates how as time passes the ritual is losing it values and originality, establishing how these new

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