What would be a good thesis statement for an argumentative essay on the customs (or traditions) of "The Lottery"?

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Jackson's "The Lottery" rose to prominence in the 1960s, when, in fact, there was a lottery to determine the order in which young men were drafted. If you were a male born in a certain year and your birthday was the first number picked in the lottery, you were certain to be drafted; if, however, your birthday happened to be 300th date picked, it was unlikely you would be drafted that year.

So a thesis statement could argue that although the events in Jackson's story seem far-fetched, they are not, as we do similarly arbitrary things in our culture. 

You could also argue that it is realistic to portray people like Tessie Hutchinson , who are all for unfair systems—or at least never question them—until the weight of the injustice falls on their own shoulders. Long prison terms or huge college or medical loans can seem acceptable until you yourself confront them. Both of these topics move outside of a close reading of the text itself and tie it to larger social themes. This is...

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