sense yet they are undertaken. The result of lottery is a good example of what can happen if traditions go unquestioned. Stoning is another most symbolic item in the story. According to Jackson, the lottery is held for one individual to be stoned by the villagers, including the family and friend of the victim. Jackson choses stoning as the method of execution because it allows many people to participate. In this case stoning symbolizes the innocent being executed. When villagers brutally stone the person who has “won” the lottery, it displays how immoral and heartless they are. The boys of the village selected the roundest and the smoothest stones, which how they regard stoning as a game. There is an illusion that they were skipping some rocks. The action of the boys to selecting stones shows how perverted the minds of all the villagers.The three symbols are related to the themes of tradition and violence. The author uses the black box and the lottery to build the theme of tradition. Through the lottery and the black box Jackson demonstrates the power of tradition and rituals. The lottery in itself is clearly pointless: someone’s fate lies in an inanimate object. This shows how dangerous a can be when individuals
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