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Religion at The Lottery by Shirley Jackson The Lottery, and Christianity Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery", if abandoned in face value, is a tribute narrative of a small village sacrificial ceremony, which leaves a lasting impression on the reader. However to take the story at face value will be a exercise in futility, for then the reader could be overlooking the deeper meanings found in the delicate symbolism which Jackson places throughout the tale. Really, the symbolic significance of a number of the people and things put across the story depict certain attitudes and beliefs about Christianity and its spiritual system. Take for instance the Dark box that's used in "The Lottery". It is used as a representation of the Bible, since most Christian people base conclusions of others on matters that they take from the Bible along with the village populations pass judgment about Mrs. Hutchison based on what is literally taken from the box. The box is black, and the Bible in its most common type is black. Black is also a representative shade of puzzle, and the Bible was a excellent mystery to man for ages. Just as the Bible has changed grudgingly throughout the passing of time, keeping bits of its former self, so the black box was altered too, rebuilt using remnants of its predecessors. Though the box was changed, it is still utilized in the lottery, just as the bible is used in churches after its numerous alterations. This showing that even though it isn't the identical faith as it formerly was Christians still remain educated regarding its own infallibility. The box, being a sign of the Bible, rests upon a stool with three legs. This "three legged stool" is really a rendering of God, the legs being the three kinds, that God t.. .