The Theme Of Blind Tradition In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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The town from “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson, is the epitome of how a society can be torn apart through the practice of blind tradition. For example, when the rules are being read for the lottery and all the townsfolk are standing by, they “had done it so many times that they only listened to half of the directions” (3). This shows that the townspeople ignore many of the rules, not wanting or willing to challenge authority. Through the practice of blindly following tradition, the villagers don’t have the confidence to question what is rights, since they have always done the same thing. In addition, certain people develop doubts about the lottery, as Old Man Warner says “’It ain’t the way it used to be… people ain’t the way they used to
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