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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is about a small-minded village that savors on tradition The town holds a lottery once a year where all the families gather around in a big crowd in the Village Square The lottery is conducted by Mr Summers a man who often leads the towns activities such as square dances Halloween parties charities etc In the crowd wives gabber about the daily gossip Fathers chat about tractors crops and taxes while the kids playfully gather small smooth stones piling them in a clearing behind the crowd Mr Summers calls their attention to get the lottery started and the scattered family members hurry about and find each other Mr Summers brings out an old black box that has been used for the lottery even before Old Man Warner the oldest man in town was born Back in the days when the village was a lot smaller pieces of wood chips were used to put in the box However since the village ws growing they discovered to use paper slips instead Mr Summers mixed up the paper slips in the box with his hand while reciting some long ritual that had been used ever since the lottery was founded During the recital kids looked innocently about the voice of people talking was kept at a low whisper but the majority held their tongue with heavy nervous thoughts on their mind Finally Mr Summers started calling out each familys name that lived in the village having the head of each family put their hand in the box and tightly grab a slip of paper which was not to be opned until each family had received their slips Once the papers were distributed the families opened their slips An uproar of questions about whom had gotten it came swiftly through the crowd In a matter of minutes it was found that the Hutchinson family picked the plain white slip with the coal-black dot drawn
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