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The role of tradition in the lottery a short story by shirley jackson


  • Encourage villagers to behave a certain way?
  • Thus Jackson severely challenges us by making us think of what inhumane practices we carry on doing, year in and year out, under the banner of "tradition;
  • The villagers do not appear to believe that the choice of the marked slip of paper is fated, ordained, or spiritual in any way;
  • In this short story, it is clear that what Jackson is doing is challenging our preconceptions and ideas and turning the mirror of what happens in the story on to us by examining the role tradition has in our lives and how it can lead us to engage in practices that are cruel and inhumane;
  • The lottery, in itself, is clearly pointless;
  • Note what he says about other villages that have abandoned the practice of the lottery: