The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery" was first published in 1948. In it, she describes a time-honored tradition of death-by-stoning, with the victim being chosen by a random drawing. What is the meaning behind this story? What was the author trying to say or draw attention to? What might she be warning readers about? How does this story apply to society still today? Please refer to specific passages in the story when writing your response.

I think the meaning behind Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is that you shouldn’t have a tradition unless it has a good meaning to it. I think the author was trying to say or draw attention to is that people should not just do something because it’s always been a tradition but think about if it’s good or bad. In “The Lottery” it has a bad example of a reason for a tradition. The people of that town didn’t think about the point of the Lottery. They just did it because it’s a “tradition” and the town has been doing it for as long as anyone can remember. For an example Old Man Warner’s excuse for the lottery was, “There’s always been a lottery.”

The author, Shirley Jackson, might be warning readers about doing the same thing every time without thinking about why they’re doing it. Nobody in the story really thought about what they were doing. This story can still apply to the society today because people still don’t think about what they’re doing or if it’s good or bad. For instance, there’s a tradition called Running of the Bulls every year held in Spain and other countries, where they let bulls loose on a part of town with people on the streets and several people are gored by the bulls or trampled every year.
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