The Lottery Questions and Answers
by Shirley Jackson

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What are the themes and point of "The Lottery"? I don't understand the story at all please explain to me the entire lottery system; I'm confused.

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Follow the link below for an excellent explanation of the major themes involved in Shirley Jackson 's short story.  One of the first themes to emerge from this story is the one of senseless violence.  There is no purpose in the villagers taking part in the lottery.  It isn't a lottery in the...

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