The Lottery Tradition Essay

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Traditions are a repetitive custom or belief that is passed of from generation to generation and are sometimes done without knowledge or reason. In the story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the lottery is treated as a normal tradition in the lives of the townspeople, similar to traditions that we celebrate today. There are so many traditions in the story that are overlooked just as in life and just done because they always have been. In the story, the people of the town seem to treat the lottery as a normal tradition in their lives. One example shows that the children view this as ordinary because “they tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play,” still talking to each other “of the classroom and …show more content…
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