What Is Shirley Jackson, in Her Short Story "The Lottery," Suggesting about Human Societies and Their Traditions?
In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," she presents to us a tragic tradition that's held every year in a village. A lottery is typically thought of as a happy event and we often relate winning a lottery with good fortune and happiness. Yet, in the short story, the winner of the annual lottery will be stoned to death by all villagers and along with his/her family members. Tradition is a generalization of many of the varying forms of sacrifice that exist in modern society ranging from corporal punishment to religious laws to women injustice. …
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