The Dangers in Following Traditions Blindly The Lottery Essay

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The dangers of Following Traditions Blindly

Symbolism is the application of symbols to signify things or bring them to mind. In her story "The Lottery", Shirley Jackson expresses her emotions towards man 's carelessness and violent practices of traditions. This is shown when the lottery takes place in the story and the "winner" is stoned to death to help crop growth in the village. Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to represent a sequence of events that occur throughout the story. She uses symbolism in the characters ' names, the black box, and the lottery itself.

Symbolism is exposed in "The Lottery" in some of the characters ' names, which include Mr. Summers, Mr. Graves, Old Man Warner, and Mrs. Delacroix. In the story, Mr. Summers is a
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As Shirley Jackson says in her short story "Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box" (1). This quote shows that because they think it is a part of the tradition of the lottery, the villagers want to leave it as it is. Shirley Jackson uses the colour black to symbolize evil; the wickedness

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