The Lottery Good or Bad
In the Lottery by Shirley Jackson, the towns people partake in a yearly lottery of life and death. The townspeople all come together and draw a name out to see who will get sacrificed. The Lottery is beneficial to the villagers, because it brings good harvest, maintains order, brings the community together, and relieves stress for the townspeople. The reason why the villagers have the lottery is because the lottery has become a tradition that has been followed since the time of the villagers' ancestors. the villagers have become so used to repeating this practice over and over that they do not even find anything right or wrong with it. the villagers may not even know why they even do this lottery, but they do not question it, they just do it to get it over with.
For everyone in this town this event brings together the people of the community, for example the kids gather rocks and help set up the event. Everybody is gathered in the town square to draw the names, it is a joyful occasion that is family oriented. “The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o'clock”. The towns people come together and take part in the event. “Chips of wood, Mr. Summers had argued. had been all very well when the village was tiny, but now that the population was more than three hundred and likely to keep on growing, it was necessary to use something that would fit more easily into the black box”. Mr. Summers takes his job seriously and does not mind taking on old customs and traditions. The lottery is a positive event for the community, because everyone comes together and the tradition is kept alive.
Tradition is a big part of what keeps order and maintains the roles of the townspeople. “Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box”. This quote, shows how firmly the villagers are in the lottery’s tradition and how threatening the idea of change is for them. This event is very organized because they have a set person to hold the box and to take care of it till the day of the lottery. It maintains the order in the town and everyone sticks to their own role in the event and that is positive. The townspeople don't like change and it is not a bad thing because many people don't like change, they are following...