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Many critics argue that there is no actual message behind The Lottery and that Shirley Jackson wrote the short story for pure entertainment purposes but after reading the text I strongly disagree Possible messages that Jackson intended to direct to her audience are one society being more watchful of their mindless traditions and two being aware of the senseless violence happening in our societyAlthough Jackson does not point out direct messages that she wanted to get across within her short story one of the possible messages she intended her audience to acquire may have been that as humans today we need to be alert of what is happening in our society In the short story the village conducts a ritual each year that they call the lottery which consists of a hostile murder that all villagers take part in This itself channels how dangerous tradition has the potential to be when people choose to comply with it simply because its how its always been done Before the reader knows the literal meaning of the lottery Jackson tells how the children of the village had already stuffed their pockets full of stones 259 again describing how asinine this tradition really is that even the small children participated in it I believe that Jackson wanted to display the sense of respect that societies have towards their traditions and their endeavors to carry them on even if the tradition happens to be the brutal murder of an innocent villager Jackson even explains that the villagers dont know much about why the lottery takes place they just go along with it not questioning their actions The only explanation of the lottery comes from Old Man Warner when he states Lottery in June corn be heavy soon 262 suggesting that the tradition of the lottery is allegedly supposed to help the villagers crops grow Senseless violence occurring in society is another message that Jackson may have wanted her audience
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