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The Lottery Meaning

What is the meaning of the story "The Lottery" and is that meaning still relevant today?

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"The Lottery" warns readers of the dangers of maintaining traditions only because they are traditions.  Traditions must be continually reevaluated to determine if they are still relevant, appropriate, necessary, and humane. Your family might have a particular tradition that you enact during some holiday, and such a tradition might be incredibly satisfying and pleasurable for everyone involved: perhaps you watch a slideshow of old family photos each year and bake Grandma her favorite cake on her birthday. However, marriage, for instance, has traditionally been between a man and a woman, but, more recently, that tradition has been changed so that two men or two women can marry, because the tradition was found to be discriminatory. Some traditions deserve to be discontinued for similar reasons. Such a theme—the importance of questioning tradition—is certainly relevant today, as we can see with this example.

However, the community represented in this story is loathe to question or...

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