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short story, “The Lottery” tells the story of a farming community that holds a
ritualistic lottery among its citizens each year. Even though the text
initially presents audiences with a close-knit community participating in a social
event together on a special day, the shocking twist at the work’s end with a
death of the lottery’s “winner” by stoning has lead to its widespread
popularity, public outcry and discussion, also continued examine in modern
times (Jackson). The analytical lens is the “theory that based on the critical
perspective of a text on the reader and his or her interpretation” of the text
(Parker 314). The author reveals two general attitudes in this story, the first
one is the shocking disposition to select a fool, and the other one is the
ideas that communities are victims of social tradition and rituals. Shirley
displays the theme of steady ritualistic tradition and the use of symbolism
throughout the story.

            However, a reason the tradition stays could be the possibility
of superstition. Society might believe is done away of, bad luck or even evil
will come upon them. In today’s society it often has all too casual attitude
toward misfortune; Jackson shows an aspect of a human nature through the town’s
casual attitude regarding the lottery. The gentlemen talk about “rain,
tractors, and taxes” and the ladies gossip all the time knowing they are about
to kill someone or be even be killed themselves (Jackson 863). The people that
live in that village have mixed emotions about the lottery; the fear on a very
brutal level they enjoy it. By standing “away from the pile of stones,” and
keeping their distance from the black box, the people show their fear of the
lottery (Jackson 863).

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            Many things in our own society parallel the villager’s
actions, they fear it and then they look for carnage: we have to slow down and
starred at the accident. Jackson receives the best example of this aspect of
human nature. She claims that most of things she receives are, “wanted to know
where these lotteries were held, and whether they could go there and watch”
(Friedman 86). During the lottery, everyone is equal and the society is
genderless, in other way men draw as the head of the household, the women
partake in the final round and the stoning of the victim. This happens when a
character of the lottery does this “Mrs. Delacroix selected a stone so
large she had to pick it up with both hands” (Jackson 200).

            In reality, the lottery symbolized the game of life, and
how our behavior as human beings influences our choices in life and therefore
our destiny. This symbol helped the author develop the meaning of the story,
because it is all based on the game winning or losing. The people organize the
lottery a little bet scary because they organized it on important events such
as “square dances, the teenage club, the Halloween program” (Jackson 212). On
the other hand, in foreign countries have other rules, or laws, instead of
helping people, it kills them little by little and those people take justice on
their hands. The lottery has the same things as other countries keep on doing
it today, the kind of humiliation and the whole game of the story represents in
a reality we have in our society.

            The story reflects human behavior in society show how
although rules, laws or tradition do not make sense, people follow them. The
author wrote the story “to shock the story’s readers with the graphic
demonstration of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own
lives” (Jackson 211). The story itself    is
symbolic of the paradox of the human psyched between compassion on one hand and
thirst for violence and cruelty on the other. It appears that the tradition has
blinded these people in an irrational way. Bad things are symbolized because,
“the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on them” (Jackson 84). The mood the
townspeople are in suggest that this gathering isn’t one that fun and relaxing.

            The black box is the
central theme or idea in the story it symbolizes at first some type of mystery,
but at the ending it realizes that is a synonymous with doom. The box is
symbolic of our loathing of change, it is old and splintered showing that we
cling to what is familiar rather than change and symbolizes the tradition of
the community. One of the characters began talking of a new box, but every year
was allowed to fade off without anything’s being done. When forced with the
possibility of death, human nature and all its complexity, that of survival. It
appears that tradition has blinded these people in an irrational way, making
them unable to think of a reason why this possibly should not be happening.

            The inhumanity in this is
generated by learned habits of the collected society, not by any inherent human
nature. The life instincts of a population have an effect that seems to
indicate an inborn capacity for committing evil, although the instinct just
intensifies the learned evil. “When the chips are down, everybody wants just
one thing to save his own skin” (Cervo 183). This “reveals the fragile of the
nuclear family” by demonstrating that even the closest of ties are not match
for the superiority of the lottery by “which the lottery effectively divides
into competing individuals whose survival needs are at the odds with one
another” (Whittier 354). The obsession explains how the “ritual in its origin
is integral to the man’s concept of his universe, that it is rooted in his need
to explain, even to control the forces around him” (Nebeker 302).

            The tone of “The Lottery”
are very important aspects that give the reader a sense of where they are and
an overall feeling of what the story should be like. The author says, “The
morning of June 27th was a clear and sunny, with warmth of a full
summer day” (Jackson 250). This is very misleading because the author gives the
sense that is a normal place that goes about their day lives just as any other
place would. The tone of the story quickly changes once the reader realizes
what the point of the lottery really is. He symbolizes that the tradition in
this unusual ritual the people partake in.

            One of the players of the
story is very important because is a symbol and also one of the main
characters. The character believes by retiring the tradition that, “They’ll be
wanting to go back to living in caves” (Jackson 253). According to the
character the lottery is the only thing keeping society stable. Another
character as a superstition and he thinks that a human sacrifice is the only
logical answer for insuring that their crops are good, seen in the line
“Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon” (254). The box is one of the
most important symbols because it represents the absence of tradition.

            The villagers are blindly
following tradition just because it has always been done this way. Throughout
the story the reader is able to clearly see how the author uses setting, tone
and symbols to create a very entertained the story. The author leaves the
readers with a great theme that can be applied to any society and any time
period. For the people that live in the little village of the author the
practice is almost religion. If one person of your family didn’t ingrain the
importance of the sacrifice into one of their children, perhaps this would
allow that child to not learn what is expected, but discover the value of life
and bring into village. The author leaves with a great theme that can be
applied to any society and any time period.

            In conclusion, the story
“The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson talks about the tradition of this little
village has a special box with little papers and the winner of that lottery
gets to let other villager to throw stones to them. Its really great what this
lottery can change the society because the people can hate or other things can
do to others. Other countries do the same thing but different they don’t have a
lottery so they can kill or hurt other people. Its really great to learn how
the society has change from different places and from different people. I
recommend reading the story because it talks about how the people do about the
lottery and they have to let them hit them with stones and how will that change
the society between the people.