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Shirley Jacksons The Lottery has raised questions in the back of every readers mind towards the destructive yet blind rituals of mankind A reflection of ourselves is what we see when looking through the pond of Jacksons mind The Lottery clearly expressed Jacksons feelings concerning traditional rituals through her story opened the eyes of its readers to properly classify and question some of todays traditions as cruel and allowed room to foretell the outcome of these unusual traditionsJacksons feelings towards the misuse of tradition as an excuse to cause harm have triggered her creativity for the creation of The Lottery Jackson obviously saw examples of this misuse of tradition and ingeniously placed it into an exaggerated situation to let us see how barbaric our actions are The townspeople in the story all come together for the annual lottery however in an interesting twist those participating stone the winner to death Everyone in the story seems horribly uncivilized yet they can easily be compared to todays society Perhaps Jackson was suggesting the coldness and lack of compassion the human race can exhibit in situations regarding tradition and values The People who were stoned to death represented values and good being as the townspeople who represented society cold-heartedly destroyed them Jackson 79 Immediately after reading The Lottery one can compare the ritual in the story to some of todays barbaric traditions in a new point of view Hazing is a tradition that has been around forever Some people do not see anything wrong with giving a new person a hard time however this ritual has caused numerous deaths and countless injuries all over the world Hazing is a ritual performed in high schools gangs colleges and even your own best friend can be in on it Perhaps just as barbaric as the stoning no good at all results from hazing The running of the bulls in Italy may also be compared to The Lottery Many
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