Essay on Lottery Response Paragraph

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Tradition vs. Change and Modern Society In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, Jackson is able to express his view on the world by writing a short story on topics such as tradition, change, and age. To give an example of tradition, Jackson writes, “Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box” (Jackson 1). This quote most nearly means that some of the townsfolk do not want to change the tradition even if it’s only getting a new box to hold papers in. This relates to the modern world because people still, to this day, stick to their traditions and live a simple, older lifestyle. The theme of tradition is one that Shirley Jackson uses throughout his stories to emphasize his view on the world. Another theme included in his writing is the element of change. An example of change shows up in his piece, “They do say, "Mr. Adams said to Old Man Warner, who stood next to him, "that over in the north village they're talking of giving up the lottery” (Jackson 4). This quote expresses the want or suggestion for change in life or tradition. Lastly, ‘The Lottery”, also shows how age can affect how people want to keep the same tradition or change to a completely new one or just slightly tweaking it. For example, “ Old Man Warner snorted. ‘Pack of crazy fools,’ he said. ‘Listening to the young folks, nothing's good enough for them. Next thing you know, they'll be wanting to go back