Some themes that describe "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson are violence, tradition, and sexism. Using two of these themes, can you tell me two morals?For example, if a theme was 'happiness' then a...

Some themes that describe "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson are violence, tradition, and sexism. Using two of these themes, can you tell me two morals?

For example, if a theme was 'happiness' then a moral would be 'Money can't buy happiness.'

Using this format, can you please give me two 1 sentenced short themes using violence tradition and/or sexism that relates to the story 'The Lottery.'

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Certainly, one of the themes of "The Lottery" is tradition. Throughout the entire story, the reader can see that this is a village that follows tradition almost blindly. When anyone questions why something is done, someone else responds that this is the way it's always been done. Since the consequences of following a tradition are not very good in the story, possible morals might be that traditions should not be followed blindly or that a bad tradition should not be maintained. 

Sexism is also a theme of the story, since it is clear throughout that men are in charge of the lottery. However, finding a moral that is supported by the story is more difficult because the outcome for men and women is likely to be the same. There does not seem to be any kind of sex discrimination going on in the choice made for each year's lottery.  There is no suggestion in the story that women find the lottery any more objectionable than the men do. However, it is also possible that if women were in charge, there would be no lottery, or that if men and women were in charge together, there would be no lottery.  So one possible moral of the story is that it's a bad idea to exclude one sex from any decision-making process.  This is an interesting assignment, and I wish you good luck. 

superasian2662 | Student

Foreshadowing- as the feeling of the story turns negative Mrs. Hutchinson said that it was not fair

 

genikido123 | Student

Tradition is something herditary which comes down from generation to generation.

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