Unformatted text preview: their friends and family members. Jackson creates nonchalance and accepted presence throughout the town, as if the tradition should be regarded as normal. The children are laughing and playing; the women are conversing and gossiping, the day is bright and sunny. This controversial “ritual” is most likely used to depict the evil within human nature. Jackson is trying to say that although people may seem to be righteous and human, there may be a hidden evil lurking within them. It can also symbolize selfishness, because in one point, one of the characters was not upset when her family was called, only when her own name was called. For one to be only concerned for themselves and not the lives of a family member is neither socially acceptable nor humane....
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- Spring '08
- The Lottery, English-language films, The New Yorker, Marco Emadzadeh Wrt