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In Shirley Jacksons short story The Lottery all of the villagersare following a horrific tradition that started years ago the mercifulstoning of a random villager They do not question the tradition or itsauthority of them nor do they change the concept of the tradition theyjust do what is natural to them The villagers do not know where thetradition comes from yet they feel obligated to carry it out Thisbrings into the idea of people blindly following tradition andauthority which can be violent and detrimental to society The ideashows trough out the story the villagers are blindly following theirviolent tradition by not change the meaningful parts of tradition whilechanging small insignificant parts yet they also do not questioning thetradition or its originsThe villagers talk about change in several points in the story Somechanges make it easier while others parts of the tradition are toomeaningful to change the tradition Mr Summers talks frequently tothe villagers about making a new box but no one likes to upset evenas much tradition as was represented by the black box 217 Theydont want to change the decades old decaying black box because itrepresents some of the first remnants of the tradition However thevillagers are okay with other small changes in the tradition To changecertain elements of the tradition is thought to be bad while otherparts of the tradition slips away to make changes for the growing townOne of the minor changes slips of paper in place for the chipsof wood was done so that all the names could fit into the black boxeasily217 This change was made for convenience while so muchof the ritual has been forgotten and lost through the manygenerations yet they continue to carry out the tradition 217 The villagers ridicule the idea of the complete dismissal of thetradition especially by the older generations of the village As theolder generations look at the younger generation the younger generationwants to change
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