Sacrifice In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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In Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery”, a small town gathers every June to hold an annual lottery. Each head of the family puts their name in a black box, and whoever gets chosen with the black dot on their slip of paper gets stoned to death. So why do they do this? The lottery started out as a just way to choose a sacrifice for plentiful crops, but know that we have modern technology the main reason the townspeople still continue this, is to not break tradition. To start, we know that the lottery started out because it was meant to be a fair way to choose a person to offer for plentiful crops. On page 22, line 260, Old Man Warner states there used to be an old saying, “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” What he means here is when