The Lottery Shirley Jackson Essay

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In The Lottery by Shirley Jackson she uses a theme of traditions and shows it through the story in a unique way, Jackson also changes the mood throughout the story so the reader also changes perspectives and understands the story in a different way as the story goes. From my point of view the theme of The Lottery is that sometimes societies have certain traditions that people follow without questioning why they do it?, is it right or wrong?, should we maybe consider not doing it anymore?. A lot of times people know that that’s wrong but they don’t do anything about it because they don’t want to create disagreements or go against what society says. In The Lottery we see how people of a village follow a tradition where the 27th of June every year they gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around 10 o’clock so they can start the lottery “The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o’clock” (Jackson para 1). The lottery consists of a member of each family (preferably …show more content…

While the men are getting the papers Mr. Adams said that in the north village they are talking about getting rid of the lottery, he says this with the intention of putting the idea that maybe they should also start considering it “‘They do say,’Mr. Adams said to Old Man Warner, who stood next to him, ‘that over in the north village they’re talking of giving up the lottery”’(Jackson para 30). Mr. Warner reacts in a negative way saying basically that those are crazy ideas and that listening to the young people is not going to get them nowhere good “Old Man Warner snorted. ‘Pack of crazy fools,’ he said. ‘Listening to the young folks, nothing’s good enough for them. Next thing you know, they’ll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work any more, live that way for a while. . .” (Jackson para 31). After this conversation no one

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