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Relating Symbolism to the Scapegoat in The Lottery Shirley Jacksons use of symbolism in The Lottery clarifies the blatant foolishness and immorality of using a scapegoat The deteriorating significance of the towns traditional Lottery custom sparks insight into examining the profound reasons behind having a scapegoat at all Visual and tactile forms of symbolism create a heightened awareness for an in depth examination into the meaning of the word scapegoat the direct affect symbolism places on the issue at hand relates directly to the issues affect on the scapegoat At some point the evolution of society enforces an analysis of what customs are right and what customs are wrong what practices are outdated and what actions are immoral The town members have many varying outlooks on the continuance of the Lottery practice For Old Man Warner the Lottery has many values He feels that its a tradition and shouldnt cease Theres always been a lotterySeventy-seventh year I been in the lottery77 Seventy-seven years sure hes all for continuing the custom he has had to endure the anticipation of the Lottery for seventy-seven years why should anyone else have to endure less Mr Adams and Mrs Adams both speak of the discontinuance of lotteries in other towns The town atmosphere tells a lot about the peoples attitude towards the Lottery their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed74 and in reference to the children the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them Here symbolism helps sketch the situation out onto a grander canvas to further examine Symbolism helps clarify the towns moral opinion of the Lottery The black box and the characters ignorance all contained attributes of symbolism Black signifying death is applied in many areas Aside from the black box black is profoundly expressed in this sentence It had a black spot on it the black spot Mr Summers had made the night
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