Explain how the lottery works in "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson.

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In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," the reader sees an archaic and brutal tradition that is carried out each year in the village. While Jackson's opening descriptions make it seem as though the lottery is a happy, wholesome event for the villagers, it quickly becomes evident that this is not the case.

The lottery begins with Mr. Summers carrying in the old, black box that has been used for years and years. It is worn, weathered, splintered, and stained, and it is carried ceremoniously and sat atop a three-legged stool in the middle of the crowd.

While past lotteries had used chips of wood for the...

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