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What is the theme in the story of "The Lottery Ticket" by Anton Chekhov?  

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The central theme in "The Lottery Ticket" is the exploration of how money affects and corrupts those who possess it. The couple in this story imagines what they would do with the money if they should win the lottery. Up until now, the couple has lived comfortably and in relative happiness; however, their thoughts about what they would do should they become rich reveals how money affects people, even if it is just the idea of money. This is shown through their sudden dissatisfaction with the home that they previously found to be comfortable once they realize that they have not won the lottery....

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I'd say the theme of "The Lottery" by Anton Chekhov is that your outlook on life in general, and on your situation in particular, is based on the possibilities open to you. Those possibilities, of course, are based on your employment, your financial situation, etc. Once you've adjusted yourself to your particular niche in life, you find your happiness and contentment in that situation. But if a different, perhaps better, possibility opens up, or there's even a hint that such a possibility may come open, you begin thinking of newer things that might now be available to you. The problem is, if the possibility does not materialize, you are left with a bitter taste in your mouth.

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