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Merriam-Websters online dictionary defines tradition as an inheritedestablished or customary pattern of thought action or behavior as areligious practice or a social custom and the handing down ofinformation beliefs and customs by word of mouth or by example fromone generation to another without written instruction If we are to goby the latter definition we can understand how traditions are easilylost Have you ever played the game telephone You whisper something insomeones ear and they whisper it in another persons ear until itfinally returns back to you and normally what is returned isnt evenclose to what you originally whispered into the first persons ear InShirley Jacksons short story The Lottery the main theme is howtraditions that lose their meaning due to human forgetfulness can causedreadful consequences to occur Jackson uses a lot of symbolism to showthis The story is set in a small town on the morning of June27th272 It opens with false innocence using the children buildinga rock pile tricking the reader into a disturbingly unaware stateThe reader almost expects the Lottery to be something wonderful sincethe normal lottery has the winner getting a prize of a large amountof money or possesion Even the story alludes to the innocence explaining how the the town also holds square dances teenage club andthe Halloween program273 in the same spot that the lottery is heldIn the Lottery we discover that the town-folk use a lottery to picka winner to stone to death The winner is picked using a black boxthat has been around for ages and has even been rebuilt with partssupposedly from the original black box273 Within the box are slipsof paper enough for the entire town On one slip of paper is a blackdot for the one lucky winner Black has always been a symbol for deathand the color of the box and dot are no exception to this rule One ofMerriam-Websters dictionary definitions of black is marked by theoccurance of disaster The
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