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In Shirley Jacksons short story The Lottery the main theme is how traditions lose their meaning due to human forgetfulness This can cause horrible consequences to occur The story is set in a small town on the morning of June 27th It opens with false innocence using children tricking the reader into an unaware state The reader almost expects the Lottery to be something wonderful since the normal lottery has the winner getting a prize of a large amount of money or possession Even the story alludes to the innocence explaining how Mr Summers also holds square dances teenage club and the Halloween program in the same spot that the lottery is held In the Lottery we discover in the end the town-folk use the lottery to pick a winner to stone to death The winner is picked using a black box that has been around for ages Within the box are slips of paper enough for the entire town On one slip of paper is a black dot for the one lucky winner The black dot on the slip of paper identifies the lucky winner of the lottery the person who will get stoned by their neighbors No one in town really knows exactly why it is a tradition although some have some vague ideas Old Man Warner alludes that it was once said lottery in June corn be heavy soon Ironically even the oldest member of this village doesnt even remember the real reason behind the lottery Perhaps the villagers once drew names from this black box When their name was drawn the villager confessed his or her sins and was punished by having rocks thrown at them As times changed The Lottery was implemented On the eighth paragraph of The Lottery the character Tessie Hutchinson comes rushing to the square because she clean forgot what day it was This shows how easily people can forget things It also alludes to something terrible
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