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This story was named “The Lottery”, it was written by Shirley Jackson, and it was first published in the June 26, 1948. At the beginning of the story, people in the town were really nice with one another. The kids were finding rocks, it made me had the feeling of the town is a really quiet and harmonious town where everyone can get along with others. But the story had a huge change as it goes through; the lottery had become a death warrant ticket to the people in the village. I thought that the lottery is the ones that is similar to the ones we have today, but after I read the story, it had become a tool of killing. This story had showed us the dark sides of human, such as selfish, cruel to others, and also the ignorant.

Everyone in the world is selfish, each individual is selfish, and they would only do the thing that is good to them. The village lottery culminates in a violent murder each year, a bizarre ritual that suggests how dangerous tradition can be when people follow it blindly. Before we know what kind of lottery they’re conducting, the villagers and their preparations seem harmless, even quaint: they’ve appointed a rather pathetic man to lead the lottery, and children run about gathering stones in the town square. Everyone is seems preoccupied with a funny-looking black box, and the lottery consists of little more than handmade slips of paper. Tradition is endemic to small towns, a way to link families and generations. Jackson, however, pokes holes in the reverence that people have for tradition. She writes that the villagers don’t really know much about the lottery’s origin but try to preserve the tradition nevertheless. Villagers persecute individuals at random, and the victim is guilty of no transgression other than having drawn the wrong slip of paper from a box. The elaborate ritual of the lottery is designed so that all villagers have the same chance of becoming the victim—even children are at risk. Each year, someone new is chosen and killed,...