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In the story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson the town holds a lottery every year to see which person in the town is chosen to die The townspeople hold this lottery every year and would never consider abandoning it and think that people who have abandoned the lottery in other towns are fools In the story the townspeople are consumed with the tradition and Jackson uses this story to symbolize how people in our and recent societies would do the same thingsThe story symbolizes how people in present and past societies made sacrifices to ensure the survival of the town First of all the lottery is a tradition that is held every year that every adult male must participate in The head of the town picks a family out of a black box When a family is chosen the head of the family usually the male picks someone in the family to be stoned to death The towns people have held this lottery from the beginning of the town and would never consider abandoning it In the story Old Man Warner says Lottery held in June Crops be heavy soon The towns people think that when a person is stoned the crops will be good and the town will prosper Many people in ancient civilizations made sacrifices to the gods and thought that if they did the crops would be good They believed that when they did these sacrifices it would ensure the well being of the community and the people within the community Because it is a tradition the people of these civilizations would accept that the belief might be wrong The people of the town Jackson describe take this sacrifice a step further and sacrifice people They believe that when they sacrifice the person a higher power will be pleased a supply them with good crops Symbolism is also shown using the Black box For example since the box is black that would
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