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The Lottery Its Social Order and Male Superiority Issue As much as we would like to believe that men and women are viewed as equals in our society often times we are disappointed As is the case in Shirley Jacksons short story The Lottery The Lottery describes a towns people who gathered on an ordinary summer day to perform a sacrificial ceremony dubbed the lottery It is a ceremony held by the richest male in the village where the male heads of households and male heads of families chooses tickets from a black box In the end the hierarchy is preserved as the protagonist Mrs Hutchinson who unconsciously violates her role as a subordinate being wins the lottery and is subsequently stoned to death It is apparent in Jacksons story that the lottery in this village is used as a way to maintain social order and reaffirm male superiority Throughout the story the role the men plays in society as providers further stresses the male dominance theme Just as the lottery begins the issue of productivity is mentioned when Mr Summers says guess we better get started get this over with sos we can go back to work The importance of productivity is acknowledged again as Old Man Warner sternly criticizes those who decided to forgo the lottery he scolds Next thing you know theyll be wanting to go back to living in caves nobody work any more live that way for a while The male supremacy in relation to productivity is more apparent as the end of the lottery draws near and the towns people are wondering who won Suddenly all the women began to speak at once saying Who is it Whos got it Is it the Dunbars Is it the Watsons The only two family names mentioned were Dunbar and Watson Mr Dunbar has a broken leg and the Watson boy has only recently became of age Two families where there were
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