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The annual lottery has lost all meaning for the villagers. What keeps its performance going year after year is the momentum of tradition, embodied in the character of Old Man Warner who denounces neighboring villages that have abandoned the lottery as a “pack of crazy fools.” It is clear from Jackson’s description that the ritual has degenerated over time, for people only vaguely remember [the forgotten parts of the ritual] The ritual of the lottery is characterized by Jackson as being that of a model of behavior which has devolved or degenerated through time until it has become virtually meaningless. Between the parts of the lottery that have been forgotten to the parts that have been changed.
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Unformatted text preview: In spite of the reduction of the lottery to empty ritual, the villagers cling tenaciously to it; thus, the lottery’s continued existence, as presented in the story, is predicated on the idea that forms of behavior can persist through time even when their original meanings have been forgotten. The point of “The Lottery” is that blind adherence to traditional forms of behavior that have lost their original meanings and acquired no new, positive ones, can be destructive. Allen, Barbara. "A Folkloristic Look at Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery'." Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 87 . Ed. Christopher Giroux. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1995. 231-234. Date Dec 1980 #3...
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