What are some examples of unfairness in "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson?

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1. The idea that the town carries on the lottery for no other reason than tradition is unfair.  If someone is going to sacrifice his/her life supposedly for the town's sake, there should at least be a significant reason for doing so--not simply because it's always been done.

2. Tessie's death is, of course, unfair.  It is completely random, and she has done nothing to deserve the "sentence" of death.

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