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One finds that the ritual of the lottery beyond providing a channel to release repressed cruelties, actually serves to generate a cruelty not rooted in man’s inherent emotional needs at all. Man is not at the mercy of a murky, savage id; he is the victim of unexamined and unchanging traditions which he could easily change if he only realized their implications. The fourth word of the story when the date of june 27 th alerts us to the summer solstice with its overtones of ancient rituals Children freed from school but ominously the children are filling their pockets with stones. Stones represent most ancient sacrificial weapons. Symbol of box Original wood color showing along one side Original wood chips show how prehistoric it is
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Unformatted text preview: Blackened and stained with what may be perhaps blood Man is a victim of his unexamined and hence unchanged traditions which engender in him flames otherwise banked, subdued. Until enough men are touched strongly enough by the horror of their ritualistic, irrational actions to reject the long-perverted ritual, to destroy the box completelyor to make, if necessary, a new one reflective of their own conditions and needs of lifeman will never free himself from his primitive nature and is ultimately doomed. Jackson, Shirley. "'On the Morning of June 28, 1948, and 'The Lottery'." Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol 87. . Ed. Christopher Giroux. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1995. 225-229. Date 1968 #4...
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