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Tradition And Rituals In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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In the story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson; the author believes that following traditions and rituals blindly can lead to bad results. First of all, the disadvantage of following a tradition is that it can create violence and unknowingly distribute the thought of guilt between the people of society. For example, when a person’s name is picked out from the raffle, it’s in their tradition to start throwing stones at the unlucky person thoughtlessly. This also generates the eagerness to hurt the individual. Besides, the family members of the victim are not allowed to defy the society and dispute. Tessie Hutchinson is found with a paper containing “the black spot” which makes her the winner of this insane lottery, and her husband, Bill Hutchinson
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