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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- The Lottery, Rajm, Gale Research Inc., Contemporary Literary Criticism, unchanging traditions