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I need to know how Marxist criticism relates to Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"?I have...

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treyc | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 28, 2013 at 7:02 PM via web

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I need to know how Marxist criticism relates to Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"?I have read the story numerous times but don't really know where to start on explaining it from a marxist criticism point of view. Could someone please help me breifly?

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM (Answer #1)

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In The Lottery, the townspeople willingly sacrifice one of their peers for the better of the community. The narrator alludes to a belief that the stoning of an individual will in some way help the crops grow. Therefore, not only is one being sacrificed for the good of many, but this ritual exists because of the beliefs of the many. We can see in this the focus on economics. The growth of crops equals income, money, economics. This is how the town survives. The Lottery also highlights a rebellion against the base, superstructure, and ideology of the culture. Tessie is uneasy about the ritual, and when she is singled out, she turns against it completely. At this point, though, it is too late. The governing body of rules and tradition as already overtaken Tessie, and the town is hopeful for another year of economic success.

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