The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson Essay

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Blindly Following “You shouldn’t blindly accept a leaders advice. You’ve got to question leaders on occasion.” This quote by Richard Branson explains that people must not always simply follow go with the flow all the time, but must stand up to question leaders on occasion if they believe that what is happening is wrong. People will blindly follow a tradition, and will do so without knowing the true reasoning behind it. Often times, they will use the excuse of not wanting to break the tradition as a reason to keep doing it. Shirley Jackson uses the short story, The Lottery, to point out how people will blatantly follow a tradition regardless of the consequences that the tradition may hold. Jackson portrays many smaller themes and symbols throughout the story, which lead to the overall theme of people blindly following a tradition, without questioning why they do it. To start at the beginning of the story, the reader does not know what kind of a lottery that town is partaking in. In fact, if it were not for the title of the story, the reader would not know that a lottery was taking place at all. It seems to be a normal sunny day. ‘The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer”(Jackson 261). All the children are running around piling up rocks in the town square, and the rest of the villagers seem to be mesmerized by a black box. Soon, all the families gather around as Mr. Summers begins to speak. Mr. Summers is the man that is in…

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