Analysis Of The Book ' The Lottery ' Essay

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Ceteris paribus; holding all else equal, is an Economist’s utopian concept. For all one knows, such a world does not exist. Who would not choke at this idea of a perfect world? It is highly illogical, but a very practical idea used to identify the problems of the real world, especially in Economics. People have come to accept this unreal world in Economics, surely avid literature enthusiasts do appreciate such fantasies in creative works as well. It is hard to deny that these surreal ideas truly help us study the real world and understand real situations better to a certain extent. Shirley Jackson’s highly celebrated short story “The Lottery” is the epitome of fantasy. Although it is no paradise, it is still a society that had fictitious elements that make it, well, fiction. The setting of “The Lottery” takes place in a small village where an annual lottery was a tradition the people strongly complied with. One of the villagers would find themselves in an undesirable situation by the end of the drawing. While the circumstances, such as the throwing of rocks, are indeed made up, the concepts of scarcity, struggle, greed, and selfishness illustrated by Shirley Jackson are obvious problems that real people face.
The major predicament in the story is the fact that greed and selfishness is the reason scarcity is made obvious. In a broader sense, the villagers’ practice of savage may not be utterly illogical, given their situation. It is also illustrative of our actual society…

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