Analysis Of The Book ' The Lottery ' Essay

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Life, it’s funny, how one little thing can have such a large impact on it.

In the case of “The Lottery”, the little black box has a profound effect on the towns’ people. In this instance it has a profound impact on one person in particular, Tessie Hutchinson. Tessie Hutchinson finds that in an instant life can change right before your eyes. She proclaims at the end of the story, “It isn’t fair, it isn’t right.” (243)

Can you imagine a simple box could carry so much weight? This box that has been around for years and years, generation after generation of family have gone through the annual pain of this black box. Just the mere thought of the “power” this box contains takes its emotional toll on the people. You can see this from the beginning of the story, “The villagers kept their distance…. stirred up the papers inside it” (237). The fate of one person each year lies within the confines of this box. It is guaranteed that a person in the village will be stoned, it is just a matter of who that person may be each year. The villagers know this box carries the weight of death and sadness.

On page 237 it states “There was a story….first people settled to make a village here”, this shows me that the villagers hold on tight to tradition. They want to keep tradition alive in continuing to do the lottery every year and they do this by keeping some of the pieces together of the original box even though you can tell that it has been used and abused, and no one has taken the…

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