Unformatted text preview: We know that it is meaningless because of everything from the parts of lottery that have been changed, such as the woodchips being replaced with slips of paper; to the parts which have been completely forgotten, such as the public confession of sin and the tuneless chant from the lottery official. “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 233). But in spite of the reduction of the lottery to empty ritual, the villagers cling tenaciously to it which proves that behavior can exist through time even when the original meanings have been long forgotten....
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- Spring '08
- The Lottery, Short story, Confession, The New Yorker, Tradition, BARBARA ALLEN