‘You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else’- Albert Einstien. Some traditions are meant to be broken. The rules of The Lottery define main character Sal Hanson’s life for the remainder of the school year, it is completely and utterly inevitable. The “rules” of The Lottery cause people to be hurt and alienated, this can be shown in how the lottery victims lose friendships, they are treated undeservedly and the rules altogether cause emotional turmoil. A group of popular students at Saskatoon Collegiate decided to make a council called the Shadow Council that involves choosing one of the other students attending the school, at random, as the ‘Lottery Victim’. Once you are chosen you have to listen to everything that the Shadow Council tells you to do and you are expected to complete various ‘duties’ such as delivering envelopes-which contain instructions to complete the given task- to other students for them to do. Everyone attending Saskatoon Collegiate knows that when you win the lottery all connections with your current friends and peers are cut, you are the new puppet of the Shadow Council and you have to make sacrifices in order to ensure the satisfaction of your rulers. In this version of the lottery instead of being granted everything you have ever wanted, you get to live your worst nightmare beginning with losing everyone who has ever been there for you.
A loss of friends occur many times throughout the novel The Lottery. Beginning the list of lost friends is Sal’s childhood best friend Kimmie Buscatto. The moment word got out that Sal was the Lottery Winner, Kimmie ensured that all connection was cut between the two in fear of the consequences that would come her way if she continued their friendship. Immediately after Sal had found out about the inexistent friendship with Kimmie she had claimed “It was simply, suddenly, all over-decided, just like that” (53). Brydan Wallace had been...
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