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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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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MUSC 173 taught by Professor Fairfield during the Spring '08 term at Northern Illinois University.
- Spring '08
- The Lottery, Old Man Warner