The Lottery

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ENC 1102
8 September 2012
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The Lottery
In the short story “The Lottery” the villagers gather together at the village square one day a year in the warm summer for the traditional Lottery. During the Lottery the head of household chooses a slip of paper in hopes their family is not the chosen one. As soon as the “winner” is announced the community, including family and friends start circling around them. The kids and adults gather the stones from the piles and throw them at the winner until they are dead. Many of the villagers do not fully understand the Lottery’s origin but try to preserve the tradition. There are three main characters who agree on the Lottery with different motives. Mr. Summers is the village leader who is married to "a scold" and has no children. He is a creative, friendly, professional man. Not only does he run a coal business he also finds time and energy to devote to civic activities such as, Halloween programs, teen clubs, square dances, and of course the Lottery. The priorities of the villagers appear to be more focused on a traditional family life rather than the kind of success that Mr. Summers has attained. Mr. Summers is quite the modernizer, he demonstrates this by wanting to make a new black box since the old one has splinters on it and the original wood is starting to show. The Villagers do not want a new black box as that is not tradition. He has also wanted to use strips of paper instead of chips of wood when drawing for the lottery. He introduces this thought by pointing out that chips of wood may have been fine when the village was small, but now that the population has grown to over three-hundred people they need to use something that would fit more easily into the box. He works wholeheartedly to give the lottery a new face for the 20th century. This story is about tradition in a big way, the tradition that "no one liked to upset". Old Man Warner is the guy who stands in for tradition. He is completely...
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