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Since the beginning of time man has conformed to societys rules and regulations to keep from having the label of rebel tattooed to his forehead and sometimes for stability order and safety Although man can think for himself his actions usually reflect what society has deemed acceptable Tradition and conformity are essential parts of fitting in with a society when a person has different beliefs or opinions As we see in The Lottery children like Davy are taught what they are supposed to do rather than why they are doing it and what the consequences are The adults in Jacksons story are the result of these lessons Many people have a respect for tradition and condemn anyone who dares to go against it or disregard it Society gets into a ritual of what should be done just because it has always been done rather than whether it is humane In The Lottery the villagers participate because it is a tradition in their town Although they do not really know the origin or the meaning behind what they are doing they do it because they are taught to and do not want to go against their community Traditions give a feeling of safety which is why people belong to a community The villagers are the picture of community and tradition as they choose the name of the person who will be stoned to death The Lottery is an example of how long-time tradition affects rational reasoning The villagers participate because Theres always been a lottery However conformity is the basic theme of The Lottery Although the villagers do not approve of the lottery they go along with it so they will not be outcast by their peers They speak badly about the other villagers that have stopped having lotteries even though in the back of their minds they want their town to stop as well In response to the talk of the village in the north
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