What would be a good thesis statement for "The Lottery"?

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A good thesis statement presents a claim (an interpretive stance on a story that can be defended using textual evidence) and is a position with which someone else could disagree. Concerning Jackson's short story, "The Lottery," you could certainly argue that the behavior of the villagers makes it clear that people have a difficult time letting go of traditions or accepting change.

In order to defend this claim, you might discuss the fact that Mr. Summers , who runs the lotteries, has asked people about making a new box for use during the ceremony because the old one is so splintered, faded, and stained. However, the narrator says, "no one like to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box." People tend to cling to the things that they know, and these individuals know their lottery; why should they consider making changes if things have always run relatively smoothly for them? Anyone who has ever been selected to die in the lottery might have quickly developed a...

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