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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. An essay written by Shirley Jackson talks about some of the symbols and themes she uses in “The Lottery.” It is a story showing how man becomes a victim of his unexamined and therefore unchanging traditions, which inevitably lead him to the evils and savagery that he displays. The first line of the story informs the reader of the date of June 27 th . This is reference to the summer solstice, which has many overtones of ancient rituals and sacrifice. The children at the beginning of the story are filling their pockets with stones and making piles of the stones and guarding them. This is another ancient reference for the stones represent the most ancient sacrificial weapons. The black box shows the reader just how far back this tradition goes with its original wood color showing along one side.
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Unformatted text preview: There is also the original use of wood chips as opposed to the current slips of paper, which suggests a preliterate origin. And the box itself is blackened and stained, possibly with blood, which foreshadows the events to come. These people in this village fail to realize the evils in which they are annually partaking. “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 completely—or to make, if necessary, a new one reflective of their own conditions and needs of life—man will never free himself from his primitive nature and is ultimately doomed” (Jackson 229). Unfortunately, those who are strongly touched by the horrors of this ritual are shortly there after stoned to death. Man is not at the mercy of a savage id; rather he is the victim of unexamined and unchanging traditions, which he could easily change if he only realized their implications....
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