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The Lottery

In Shirley Jackson's, "The Lottery", there is symbolism; symbolism that suggests resistance to change.The Lottery, which is an annual tradition, takes place on the same day every year, June 27th.In addition to being on the same day every year, it was at the same time, and at the same place, which was the town square.The black box was also a part of this tradition.It was a tradition, much like the traditions that we have today.
"The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a fall-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green" (78).It was the day for the tradition that no one wanted to change, much like the weather. It was a beautiful day in the small town of about three hundred, where the annual event would take place.People gathered in the town square for the lottery, which was to be held at 10 o'clock in the morning.People gathered much like people gather today after church, a sporting event, or even a picnic.Children were playing and having a good time.It was a time that they looked forward to, and a time that they wouldn't want to change.They gathered rocks in the corner of the town square.No one had told them to do it, but they knew that they had to because of the tradition.They looked for the roundest ones that they could find much like there elders did when they were young.
Once the people had gathered and the children collected the rocks, the conductor of the lottery entered the square.Mr. Summers, a man who you could respect was the conductor of the lottery.Wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans, Mr. Summers, who owned a coal business, seemed like a happy easy going kind of guy but his life wasn't very happy.Mr. Summers had no children and his wife was a scold.People felt sorry for Mr. Summers.Though he remained the same, and never really did change.
As Mr. Summers enters the square,…


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