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In ancient time tradition usually helped people to find their way and to develop their personalities However tradition could blind people by being destructive and creating victims through social pressure Shirley Jacksons story The Lottery portrays an ordinary New England village with average citizens engaged in a deadly rite the annual selection of sacrificial a victim by means of a public lottery Jackson proves her point by Miss Hutchinson who is the victim in the story by showing the traditions selfishness results while releasing her from social pressure However she ironically puts herself directly in the position of the sacrificial lamb because first she goes with the tradition but when this happen to her it is not right anymore Another element is Old Man Warner who represents pure tradition because he is against any suggestion of change He is the guardian of tradition fighting for its continuity and application without questioning its reasons Furthermore the children who symbolize the future are manipulated by the elders who want them to follow the tradition Hence Shirley Jackson thinks that people shouldnt surrender to peer pressure and tradition because it makes them conform to societys rules and victimizes them Shirley Jackson shows that tradition puts people under social pressure In the story tradition symbolized by the black box and also by Old man Warner Pieces of the black box have been there for a long time even if people dont really understand their meaning In addition this box is really important because it represents the ancient values and now the box had failed because tradition disappearing People are afraid of it and they dont want to touch because it symbolizes death As well peoples blindness towards tradition is represented by Old Man Warners attitude because he doesnt really know what the values of the black box were before He also wants to maintain values intact and he will do everything in his power to keep the real
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