Essay on To the Slaughter in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

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Screaming, yelling, and screeching emerge from Tessi Hutchinson, but the town remains hushed as they continue to cast their stones. Reasonably Tessi appears as the victim, but the definite victim is the town. This town, populated by rational people, stones an innocent woman because of a lottery. To make matters worse, no one in the town fathoms why they exterminate a guiltless citizen every June. The town’s inexplicable behavior derives from following an ancient, ludicrous tradition. With the omission of one man, no one in the community comprehends the tradition. In the case of “The Lottery,” the town slays an irreproachable victim each year because of a ritual. Shirley Jackson exposes the dangers of aimlessly following a …show more content…
Jackson begins “The Lottery” in an unusual way, by inscribing, “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green” (867). A beautiful day, describes June 27th in “The Lottery.” Jackson appears to imply that even the most dangerous situations, and in this case traditions, can imitate innocence. Crawford proclaims, “First-time readers are no doubt shocked to discover that the ritual taking place on a ‘clear and sunny’ June morning ultimately leads to the brutal and tragic death of one of the villagers” (877). Traditions can easily ensnare with a beautiful but deceiving manifestation. In all honesty, Americans are just as guilty for irrationally following traditions. According to the American Automobile Association the average gas price is three dollars and thirty-one point nine cents per gallon (“AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report”). With gas prices soring through the roof, people should drive cars with better fuel economies. Fifty-seven percent of Americans drive cars or station wagons, twenty-one percent drive vans or sport utility vehicles, and nineteen percent drive trucks (“Americans’ Love Affair with Cars, Trucks, and SUVS Continues”). The most fuel efficient truck gets twenty-two miles per gallon and the most fuel-efficient sports utility vehicle averages thirty-two miles per gallon. Like wise,

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