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What are the main points in "The Lottery?"

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keigoatobe | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:11 AM via web

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What are the main points in "The Lottery?"

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 5, 2012 at 6:50 PM (Answer #1)

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The main point in "The Lottery" concerns the nature of tradition and how it affects generations of people. Since the titular Lottery has always been practiced, the townsfolk seem to consider it just a part of life, and expected instead of rationally considered.

All the characters expect the Lottery to be performed each year, and for the victim to submit to their ultimate fate. Despite Tessie Hutchinson's protests, she isn't fighting against the Lottery itself, but against her family being picked; if someone else had been picked, she would likely have reacted as all the others, taking part in the ritual stoning. In this sense, her protests are aimed directly at her role, which is expected from all the other townsfolk; since they believe that their collective well-being rests on the Lottery being performed correctly, for her to refuse her fate would be unthinkable. As Old Man Warner comments, "There's always been a lottery."


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lalala2998 | Student | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted July 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM (Answer #2)

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The tried to show us to not believe in anything without think independantly even though a tradition can be started so long ago but we need to think about it before we take actions.

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