The Danger Of Tradition&nbsp In Shirley Jacksons TheLottery,

The Danger Of Tradition  In Shirley Jackson’s ‘TheLottery,’ appears to be an ordinary day in a small village, which takes a nastyturn when a woman after winning lottery was stoned. “The lottery,” in thisstory reflects an old tradition to sacrifice a scapegoat in order to promotethe growth of plants. But this story is not about the past, through the actionof the village. Jackson shows us many of the social ills that exist in ourlives.   In today’s society there is often a too casualsetting for evil; Jackson shows us, this aspect of human nature through casualattitude of the city towards the lottery. The men who talk of ‘rain,tractors and taxes’ and the women know gossip all the time that they killabout someone or yourself perhaps even killed (Jackson). To hurry up and finishis the most important thing to them, so they eat lunch. Perhaps the feeling ofbeing in a hurry makes what they are about to make easier; they do not havetime to let it bothers them. How often in today’s society we have the phrase’just hurry up and get it over with’?  Citizens seem mixed feelings about thelottery; they fear still at a very barbaric level they enjoy it. By focusing’of the cairn,’ and keep their distance from the black box, thevillagers show their fear of the lottery (Jackson). However, when they find outwho will be stoned, Tessie Hutchinson, they seem to really enjoy the stoning. Avillager picks up a rock so big that can hardly bear and also someone give somepebbles to the youngest Tessie to throw his mother. Their general attitudeabout the stoning advance through the formula, ‘and then they wereon’; she shows her lack of emotion (Jackson). Tessie essentially beggingfor their lives and they have no pity for her feeling; they are easy to killwithout remorse. Many things in our own society parallel activities of thevillagers.   Jackson gives an example of hypocrisy thatruns rife in today’s society. Tessie is quite willing to stone one of their neighbors,but when she is the one who should be stoned to death, she says: ‘It’s notfair, it’s not right’ (Jackson). Similarly to talk Mr. and Mrs. Adams tostop the lottery, but when it’s time to rock Tessie is Mr. Adams in the lead.The men seem to be concerned that women a man to pull for them: ‘I am gladto see your mother has a man to do it’ and ‘Do not believe a grownboy to do it’ (Jackson). But in the end the men no longer care about thewell-being of women; they must have the same chance of dying instead. The factthat Tessie is not to save a woman to her death. ‘The Lottery’ alsooffers the look of the selfish nature of man. The little boy watching his cairn’against the attacks of the other guys’ (Jackson). Tessie is soselfish she tries of their own lives to reduce their chances of dying by herdaughter and son-in ‘take their chance to’ (Jackson). It does not tryto protect their children, they were not one of them die. Tessie’s own childrenare so happy that it was not one of them who die that they ‘both beamedand laughed’ is; they had no interest for the rest of her family (Jackson).In everyday life, we have the same selfish attitude in the history shown. Whatdoes a children’s favorite words? It is ‘mine!’ We are constantlysaying, well, ‘it is better you than me’ and ‘it’s every man forhimself.’ It’s pretty scary _when you really think about it, because yourealize what we are really that selfish.  ‘The Lottery’ is a symbol for anynumber of social ills that mankind commits blind. The story is very shocking,but the reality of humanity is even more shocking. Is not it funny that Jacksongives us a description of our nature, not only do we not know what it is tosee, but it shocked us.