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The Blind Followers Essay

792 words - 4 pages

The Blind Followers

In the short story "The Lottery", the author, Shirley Jackson takes the reader to a town where the lottery is not something anyone would want to win. Every 27th of June a small town gathers in their town square and pick pieces of paper, hoping not to get the one piece of paper with a black dot on it. The town has done this ceremony since the town was established. Most of the people have forgotten why they even do this ceremony. The twist with this lottery is that the winner gets stoned to death by the towns people in a sort of ceremonial way. Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" raises the issue of following traditions and ceremonies blindly without question.
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Next thing you know they'll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work anymore, live that way for a while." This just shows to me how the characters in this town are so blindly following their tradition of literally killing someone every year. I feel like that when I see a lot of my family members blindly going to church and saying the same prayers and praying to the same gods…blindly following.
Traditions and rituals are being blindly followed by the people of this town. The town uses the same box for the lottery every year. Just like we use a Christmas tree at Christmas or how Jewish people use the Menorah during Hanukkah, the people of this town used this black splintered old box to draw names of people in their own community to be stoned to death. This box represents a tradition, a ritual that has been passed down through the years of something very sacred and very intimate to them. Much like our rituals, traditions and ceremonies the people of this town rely on this black box to keep their little town in order. In a way, it's their way of life. The box has a very significant place in...

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