What possible significance, beyond its literal meaning, might Mrs. Hutchinson's apron have in Jackson's "The Lottery."

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This is a very interesting question. To understand the symbolic significance of Mrs. Hutchinson's apron, let's first review the symbolic import of the faded dresses and sweaters ("wearing faded house dresses and sweaters"). Throughout, the lottery is symbolically identified as a faded and worn out ritual. Steve Adams even explains that in some places, the lottery was being abandoned altogether (though this enlightening information ironically doesn't stop him from being in the fore-guard during the attack of the resolution). The box is described as being in a worn out condition without benefit of repair or paint. It has no permanent storage location between annual usage; it is even underfoot: "another year [it was] underfoot in the post office." Other parts of the ritual are forgotten or lost. The lottery is faded and worn out, just like the women's faded dresses and sweaters:

The black box grew shabbier each year: by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one...

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