If It Aint Broke Don't Fix It

Topics: Stoning Pages: 2 (804 words) Published: April 1, 2013
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If you don’t see a problem, then there is no need in trying to fix it. This is the way things have always been done so why change it now? This is the way many people think and don’t see a problem with it. They go along with the status quo whether it is right or wrong. In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson the townspeople are hesitant to refuse traditions that would be considered wrong and evil by most people. This story gives the lottery a bad reputation. The first thing that comes to mind is winning a sum of money or goods. In the beginning, the story suggests that the people are going to draw for a prize. Instead they are drawing to see who will be stoned to death. This is part of the irony in the story along with the day is described as being a sunny summer day, flowers blossoming and the grass richly green. This suggests that a happy event is getting ready to take place. The people of the town are reluctant to give up the lottery. As everyone starts to gather in the town square there is talk how other towns have either given up the lottery or thinking of doing so. When Old Man Warner, the oldest man in the town hears that the village in the north is thinking of ending their lottery, he says, “Next thing you know, they’ll want to go back to living in caves.” Old Man Warner is a superstitious man who has prides himself as having participated in seventy-seven lotteries and is a firm believer in keeping things the way they are. He refers to the towns that have stopped having lotteries as “crazy fools”. Even though some people feel this tradition should be changed, out of respect for the old man no one steps up and says anything about this ritual. The symbol in this story is the black box that also shows tradition. The old box represents the tradition of the lottery and the loyalty the people have to it. The box is barely black anymore and falling apart but the people are not willing to replace it. They are...
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