Tradition In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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"The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson, is a short story that illustrates how human nature blindly follows tradition, which can cause a community to become disunited. Mr. Summers, an activities director in an unnamed village, suggested to replace an aged box used in execution of village members, he spoke, "frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much as tradition was represented by the black box" (Jackson 1). Mr. Summers, who was fervent on replacing the old box, was often overruled by the villagers who believed that altering the box would end the tradition. Because the villagers were immune to innovation and did not speak against the cruelty of the pointless executions, it exhibits how a community can
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