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Elle VanConia Matthew Bardowell English 260 28 January 2011 Reading Response Of the readings from this week, the one that intrigued me the most was “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. While reading I was under the assumption that the lottery presented the chosen one with a prize one would want to receive. I didn’t understand till the end that they were gambling with their deaths. As the crowd gathered for the event there was talk of surrounding towns giving up the lottery. One older man responded to this news saying, “Nothing but trouble in that. Pack of young fools,” (Jackson 393). The people of the town are committed to the tradition, and resistant to change. Even the box they drew from had been the same for so long. As the lottery was playing out I was shocked at Tessie Hutchinson’s reaction when she realized her husband had drawn the dot. She yelled out trying to defend her family saying, “You didn’t give him time enough take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn’t fair!” (Jackson 394). Her
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