What do you think the author is saying about traditions in "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson?    

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Traditions should not be maintained past the point that they stop making sense. 

Sometimes traditions are continued just because they are traditions.  The point of this story is that to do something just because it is tradition is madness.  Although many traditions are harmless, some clearly are not.  The tradition of choosing one random villager to stone to death each year is not a harmless one.

The town’s against-all-common-sense adherence to tradition can be seen in to the symbolic three-legged stool and black box.  Both need to be replaced. No one ever gets around to doing it.  Why?  They have had them so long!  They are...

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