The Detrimental Effect Of Blindly Following Tradition In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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In The Lottery, Jackson’s descriptions of tradition present an ugly, monotonous and unregulated setting. Through the use of connotative language and literary techniques, Jackson employs the detrimental effect of blindly following tradition. As Jackson argues through The Lottery, tradition is portrayed as meaningless and arguably followed as a means of uncertainty and inability to change. Jackson portrays the blind acceptance of tradition in the village through their failure to understand the purpose of The Lottery. It can be inferred the townspeople have no directive behind revealing the original reasoning behind the lottery. For example, when Mr. Summers suggests making a new box; the village implies, ‘no one liked to upset even as much tradition

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