The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson tells us about the absurdness of blind obedience.

The story begins when the people of the village began to gather in the square. Some of

the children are gathering stones. The narrator was like making a warning earlier in the

story by mentioning the pile of stones and the way the older people distance themselves

from it. "They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes

were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed." For me, she was telling us readers that

something that's not right is going to happen. At the end of the story it was confirmed

that this is a annual ritual in which villagers draw paper slips in the black box to select

one member of the village. This person is used as their offering so that they will have a

happy and profitable year for the village. It is their tradition, that's why the villagers

don't want to cease it and they have faith that if they continue the ritual they will have an

advantageous year. But throughout the story there are some people who have looked at

the other side and believe that perhaps their tradition is not really a good habit. Mr.

Adams said that in some places they are talking of giving up the lottery and some places

already quit the lottery. It is obvious that people are bothered and worried because of this

ritual. It is natural that people must feel guilt in doing it, but because it is a ritual and

people fear of going up against the group they just can easily give it up. As a summary I

conclude that human race has a possibility to follow one another blindly, and just follow

what one another think is the right thing to do. People think it's a lot easier to come after

what is accustomed rather than change it for what is more lawful.
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