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Bonura 1 Josh Bonura Holly Carey English 1302 June 30, 2008 The Lottery: The Savagery of Tradition Cervo, Nathan. “Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’.” Explicator 50.3 (1992): 183-84. In this article, the useful meaning of Delacroix and her significance in the story are magnified through careful analysis. Cervo attacks the meaning of Delacroix as a scapegoat and he uses historical and biblical references to support his reasoning. He states “the lottery involved two goats; namely, the scapegoat and the goat to be sacrificed.” This scapegoat Cervo is referring to is Mrs. Delacroix as she is the one to imitate and primarily do away with the other “goat” which is Mrs. Hutchinson. However, he backs up his thesis with a long biblical inference that sites, “To Jehovah, a sin offering.” This “sin offering” according to Cervo is Mrs. Hutchinson and the scapegoat is Mrs. Delacroix. He concludes his argument by revealing to the reader as Mrs. Hutchinson as “scapegrace.” This article is very in-depth and captures a side of the story one may not find by going through it once. It took me several times to read over Cervo’s essay to find and agree with his main idea, however through reading his essay one can get a clear understanding of the biblical forces in “The Lottery.” He uses quite a few inferences to the Bible and commits his idea by even including other ideas such as “Moses and Monotheism” by Sigma Freud. I will use his essay to explain Mrs. Delacroix as the scapegoat and why Mrs. Hutchinson will not die in vain. Coulthard, A.R. “Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’.” Explicator 48.3 (1990): 226-27. Coultard attacks the idea that the Lottery is based almost solely on the grim face of cruelty rather than the mindless tradition the villagers have come to conceive. Coulthard quickly backs up his thesis with a short but very powerful sentence, “Savagery fuels evil tradition, not vice versa. Coultard explains his thesis with several examples throughout
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