Human Nature In The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson highlights multiple areas about human nature. One of the main aspect is that people are reluctant to adopt change, even if it is something that will benefit them, despite their tradition resting purely on faulty human memory.
Human memory is key for traditions, to the point than many people write down their traditions so that they don’t forget them, realizing how flawed human memory is. The ritual with the black box has gone on so long that “the original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box [which] rest[..] on the[ir] stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born”. Having a tradition so old that even the oldest member of the community
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Mrs. Adams pointed out "that over in the north village they 're talking of giving up the lottery” and that “some places have already quit lotteries”. Only for Old Man Warner to state how there’s “nothing but trouble in that” and proceeded to call them a “pack of young fools”. Despite that, Mrs. Adams, Tesse and a few other members of the town all felt that the lottery isn’t right or fair. The victim of the lottery feels this most of all because, as stated previously, no one wants to die. Every year someone is chosen to die for no other reason than a tradition. More often than not, it is the younger voices who haven’t been in the tradition as long, who will speak up against it. Old Man Warner, the oldest member there, is grumbling throughout the entire story saying things like "it 's not the way it used to be”, "people ain 't the way they used to be”, and that “there 's always been a lottery”. He even went as far to address the “young folks” directly to another member who shared his views saying that “nothing 's good enough for them. Next thing you know, they 'll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work any more, live hat way for a while. Used to be a saying about 'Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon. ' First thing you know, we 'd all be eating stewed chickweed and acorns. There 's always been a lottery.” Even in today’s day and age older members of the population complain about the younger members. A common phrase also known as Back in My Day. Older people, who have done things for a longer amount of time, highly dislike changing those things. Human brains like routine which makes them reluctant to change, especially if it’s a change to something they consider to be apart of who they are as a group of people. Tradition is very important because it’s a routine, and since human brains crave for routines more or

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