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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson was published in the June 28 1948 issue of the New Yorker it received a response that no New Yorker story had eve received hundreds of letters poured in that were characterized by bewilderment speculation and old-fashioned abuse In her stories The Lottery Shirley Jackson teaches the themes in many criteria Here I would like to point out a curious crux in Shirley Jacksons treatment of the theme of a community who follows and implement tradition blindly with a strong feeling of conservativeness Possibly the most depressing thing about The Lottery is how early Shirley Jackson represents this blindness as beginning Even the village children have been socialized into the ideology that victimizes Mrs Hutchinson When they are introduced in the second paragraph of the story they are anxious that summer has let them out of school school was recently over for the summer and feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them they tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play and their talk was still of the classroom and the teacher of books and reprimands Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones and the other boys soon followed his example selecting the smoothest and roundest stones Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix - the villagers pronounced this name Dellacroy - eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids of the other boys The girls stood aside talking among themselves looking over their shoulders at the very small children rolled in the dust or clung to the hands of their older brothers or sisters Like their parents they have learned that leisure and play are suspect As if to quiet this anxiety the village boys engage in the playlabor of collecting stones for the lottery Moreover they follow the leader Bobby Martin the
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