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Inhumane Acts of Society Illustrated in Jackson's The Lottery Essay

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Discipline Biology
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Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" shows the reader that the human race may perform any dreadful action for victory, in this case holding a town lottery in which the winner is stoned to death in the towns square in hopes of a bountiful corn crop come during harvest time. The lottery is now a tradition held in the city yearly on June 27 and has been done since the corn is ready to turn into successful. In the day and age where technology has been used for farming (tractors, plows) to harvest and till the land, this is really a communal heritage that mustnot be broken. The narrative starts with a small town on a gorgeous sunny day revealing the kids innocently collecting rocks close to the town square, but was it a innocent act? The lottery would start approximately 10 o'clock. This gave the villagers only enough time to complete the process and return home for lunch. The townspeople begin to gather at the city square in expectation of this annual lottery, but the talk amongst them is not about who will be stoned shortly but about tractors, planting, paying taxes and plentiful rain. Mr. Summers then approaches the crowd holding the black box that encloses little white pieces of paper with one of them concealing the dark dot. Mr. Summers was not the only one "who had time and energy to devote to civic activities," (p.204). Following right behind him was that the postmaster Mr. Graves who carried the 3-legged stool to the square in which the black box would break atop. Once all the villagers were current and the box has been in place, the lottery could start. Mr. Summers admits, "'Here,' a sudden hush fell on the audience...'all prepared?' 'Now, I will read the names-heads of households first-and the men come up and narrative a sheet of paper from the box. Keep the paper folded in your hand...

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