Human Sacrifice In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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Wouldn't it be nice to win the Lottery? For most of us, the answer would be, "heck yes!" But I am going to be talking about a whole different type of lottery, and this is the one that you would not want to win. The story I am going to discuss is "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson. It is about a small town in the United States with a long tradition of drawing for human sacrifice. It is a yearly event in which everyone in the town draws a number out of a box and the person with the chosen card is then ultimately stoned to death for the sake of the town. I am more importantly going to be focusing on human sacrifice aspect of the story and what it means to the rest of their society. I will be talking about the many symbols used throughout the story relating tradition to human sacrifice and analyzing a few of the characters as well.…show more content…
The residents of a small town in the United States all gather around in their village square for the annual lottery. The official of the lottery calls out each person's name in the town and they come up one by one to select a piece of paper out of it. At the end, when each person has had their turn, they all open up their cards to see who is the winner of the lottery. The winner's family must then put their cards back in the black box, and then select yet another out of it. The person in the family with the chosen card, is now the lucky lottery winner, then stoned to death by the rest of the
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