The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Essay

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“The Lottery” Analysis Following traditions that have been in effect for even the longest times are not always the right thing to do as society evolves, and can even be quite dangerous especially due to the inherent evil of human nature. This way of thinking is very clear in the short story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. Humans are extremely capable of committing violent acts when they are accepted by society and practiced by tradition. Being this story was written in the post-World War II era, this event was still fresh in Shirley Jacksons mind in the composition of this story. “The Lottery” is describing the human evil that exists in the ordinary, normal person. Over the course of WWII, the Nazi’s were a major group that killed minorities based on traditionalistic ideals that were embedded in their minds as a group, and similar things happened to the citizens when the lottery was occurring in the short story.
No psychopaths, sociopaths or what have you are elaborated upon in this story. The people in this town are just your ordinary, everyday citizens but when they come together as a group, the inherent human evil implanted in them as believed by Jackson begins to surface. Although the story builds up to show how evil human nature can be, it is the ending conclusion that really illustrates what humans, more specifically, normal everyday humans are really capable of doing. The death in the lottery is done by that of stoning, where everyone in the village all…

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