The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Essay

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In the story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, it is demonstrated how easily modern day people accept horrific things if the idea is culturally accepted. In this story the author demonstrates how easily people can be influenced to do evil if it is culturally accepted by continuing a ritual that had been practiced by the townspeople for many years. In the set of 1950’s modern day era in a New England small town, the story shows the life of people, in order to survive, one person each year was required to be put to death for the overall benefit of the community. In the real 1950’s, America was not trying to rely on a ritual to help them survive. During that time, America’s economy was steadily improving. America also was fighting the “cold war” which brought about a big change in America called the “baby boom” where the population was increasing rapidly.
In the Holocaust, Hitler and Mr. Summer seem too similar in that they both torture and take people through misery. Mr. Summer was to conduct and give instructions on what was taking place. Mr. Graves, along with Mr. Summer wanted to make sure this lottery continued as a tradition. Jackson states, “Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but not one liked to upset even as much as was represented by the black box” (Jackson, par. 5). Hitler wanted to keep the idea of his people “pure” and this forced him to kill 6 million Jews. ( Hitler was very persistent with his commands on…

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