In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”  how does the story use the theme “The danger of blindly following tradition”

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Every year in June, the residents of a small New England town gather for the lottery. We know this is an old tradition because Old Man Warner says “There’s always been a lottery.” The lottery is based on an ancient superstition summed up in a saying: “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.”

We soon learn, however, that the lottery is a barbaric ritual in which an unfortunate person is stoned to death by the other residents. This is done to ensure a good harvest. Given that the story is set in the 20th century, one would expect the townspeople would know that performing a human sacrifice is not the way to guarantee a good harvest. Science is a better route to good crop yields. Carrying on this  outdated tradition blindly year...

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