Symbolism In The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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“Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones”(2). This quote comes from the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. These villagers have been carrying out the lottery tradition for many years.The tradition starts by everybody in the village must pull slips of paper from the box and whomever has the black marking will be executed by stoning. The villagers think that this is necessary, but they cannot recall the actual origin when performing this ritual. The villagers fear change and do not want to know what will happen if they stop the tradition. The symbolism of the black box proves that the villagers are terrified of change, because the black box was made out of
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