annotated bib 5A - The children, just as the adults, show...

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Friedman, Lenemaja. Shirley Jackson. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1975. 63-78. In a book written about Shirley Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman analyzes the social evil that is present in “The Lottery.” Many are shocked and puzzled by the conclusion of the lottery because these ordinary people engage in these savage and barbaric practices, thus alienating their civilized behavior. As in many other stories, the presence of evil comes in the least likely persons, such as in sweet old ladies; the reader comes to see the blight in this deceptively pleasant community. At first the lottery appears to have a joyous atmosphere to it, which would appear to hold with it a happy surprise for some lucky individual.
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Unformatted text preview: The children, just as the adults, show no sensitivity or emotion about the coming event. Even the lottery official, Mr. Summers, appears to have a blissful attitude on this summer morning. His conscience is as black as theall but onelittle slips in the little black box. He does not recognize the evil or, perhaps, know right from wrong. He does not question the tradition of the lottery; instead, his token civic improvements call not for elimination of the lottery but for the substitution of slips of paper for chips of woodfor convenience and expediency (Friedman 65). It is through these events that this villages evils become evident....
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