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Deadly Traditions In The Lottery Shirley Jacksons unique writing sets the reader up for what will eventually result in disappointment Jacksons story portrays an average village with average citizens engaged in a deadly rite the annual selection of a sacrificial victim of a public lottery It is not until well along in the story do we suspect that the winner will be stoned to death by the rest of the villagers Jackson reveals two general points in this story the shocking reality of humans tendency to select a scapegoat and second society as a victim of tradition and ritual The readers may question why such a tradition continues to take place We get the impression many of the townspeople are not aware of why they continue but the whole village stops dead in their tracks on June 27th the day in which the lottery takes place Initially Jackson creates the perfect day the morning of June 27th was clear and sunny with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green 74 As the story continues the readers sense something terrible will happen Throughout history we have witnessed and participated in many events where in time of turmoil and hardship society has a tendency to seize upon a scapegoat as means of resolution The people of the village had been taught to believe that in order for their crop to be abundant for the year some individual had to be sacrificed Lottery in June corn be heavy
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