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Jackson’s story portrays an “average” New England village with “average” citizens engaged in a deadly rite, the annual selection of a sacrificial victim by means of a public lottery, and does so quite deviously: not until well along in the story do we suspect that the “winner” will be stoned to death by the rest of the villagers. Two general attitudes: 1. that about man’s ineradicable primitive aggressiveness 2. man’s victimization by unexamined and unchanging traditions which he could easily change if he only realized their implications Missing from both of these approaches is a careful analysis of the abundance of social detail that links the lottery to the ordinary social practices of the village. The lottery serves to reinforce the village’s hierarchical social order by instilling the villagers
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Unformatted text preview: with an unconscious fear that if they resist this order they might be selected in the next lottery. The closer we look at the behavior of the children, the more we realize that they learned it from their parents, whom they imitate in their play. To show this the village makes sure that Davy Hutchinson is given a few pebbles to stone his own mother so that he learns what he is supposed to do long before he understands why he does it or the consequences. Kosenko, Peter. "A Marxist/Feminist Reading of Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery'." Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 60. Ed. Roger Matuz. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1990. 225-228. Date spring 1985...
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