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Stanton 1 Corey Stanton Rebecca Byrkit English 102 24 February 2008 “Everybody Must Get Stoned” – Bob Dylan The Lottery, an anecdote by Shirley Jackson, is a tale of cruelty and natural selection. A society as a whole gets together and randomly selects a member of their community to die that year to better the harvest and population. This is a gruesome tale because everyone in the town must participate in this drawing as well as the stoning of the person who “wins”. The town lists all citizens and they all draw from a briefcase type box to determine which household to draw from. Once they realize which household all the members of that household draw again to determine the final person who eventually will be stoned to death. This happens yearly around the end of June which is about time that most farming societies are harvesting their crops, so this could be a form of sacrifice to get a better harvest.
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