Does "The Lottery" present a positive or negative view of institutional practices based on the different perspectives presented?

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Jackson's story "The Lottery" suggests that blindly following institutional practices based solely on tradition should be questioned. Several aspects of the story imply a negative view of blindly following tradition. For example, the villagers mention that several other villages have already stopped the practice of the lottery, and while some of the staunch characters like Old Man Warner label the people in those villages as foolish, these same characters cannot provide a logical reason as to why the lottery should continue--the best they can say is that things have always been done this way. At the end of the story, the baby holds rocks and is made to throw them in the stoning of his own mother, and this further display of barbarity helps to illustrate how the traditional practice of the lottery literally destroys a family. So, Jackson's narrative implies a very negative view of blindly following tradition.

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