29 February 2016
For the Sake of Tradition Everyone, doesn’t matter who they are or where they are from, has one or many traditions that they celebrate with friends and family. Whether it be get together on a certain day for a holiday or stoning someone to death annually, we all have them. Specifically the story titled “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, tackles the concept of traditions. The story is a dark one with a message that fairly blatant. “The Lottery” makes the readers question traditions that have been in place and if they are necessary. “The Lottery” proves to the readers that not all traditions are good traditions and should be continued. A very clear example of this
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Around the holiday season and on Christmas day we have just about all of my family over for a big Dionne bash. The only problem is I have no idea as to why this party is at our house in Massachusetts (where I actually live). This tradition has been going on for as long as I can remember and hasn’t changed since. My house isn’t even the largest in my family, so by that logic shouldn’t we have this party somewhere larger? I ask these questions because sometimes our traditions have to change to see a new light or solution. Sure my tradition is paled in comparison to the one portrayed in “The Lottery”, but it is a tradition all the same for better or for worse. Traditions are almost unescapable in the lives we live. Once people start doing something and it becomes regular to do, it is hard to break the habit. People start to forget how or why they started these traditions, but they continue these traditions anyway. When people start to lose sight of the traditions original purpose, the tradition losses meaning and should be questioned by those involved if they should continue it. Next time a tradition comes up and you have no idea why you are doing and it doesn’t seem right (a.k.a. stoning people to death) question it and see if it is even worth continuing.
Jackson, Shirley. “The Lottery.” Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing , Thirteenth Edition. X. J. Kennedy, Dana Gioia. Boston: