"The Lottery"

The one lottery you don't want to win.

Thesis statment

In the vexed short story, "The Lottery", author Shirley Jackson transfers a message about how the reluctance of people to reject outdated traditions, ideas, rules, laws, and practices.

Text evidence #1

In "The Lottery" it presents the thesis by saying in the story "The crowd was quiet. A girl whispered I hope it's not Nancy, and the sounds of the whisper reached the edges of the crowd. It's not the way it used to be. Old Man Warner said clearly. People ain't the way they used to be."(Jackson,5). This states that back then they used to not care for who it was they just picked and followed threw with the tradition. Now in the new times they care for who it is but still follow threw with it.

Text evidence #2

On page three, Mr. Adams tells Old Man Warner about how in some villages they're talking about giving up the lottery, and Old Man Warner calls them a pack of crazy fools, and says that there's nothing but trouble in that.

Since Old Man Warner is the oldest man in town he is accustomed to doing the lottery for many years now so he finds the lottery as tradition and he feels that it should keep being passed down from generation to generation.

Text Evidence #3

In the text it says "The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put to use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in the town, was born. Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.". Meaning that no wants to change their tradition, not even for a new box. People want the tradition to be kept the same no matter the circumstances, all just want it to go as it is with a regular old black box.


Overall "The Lottery" presents clearly that how the reluctance of people to reject outdated traditions, ideas, rules, laws, and practices. In the beginning they talked about a new box but no one wanted to upset the tradition by replacing the box. Then later in the story people started to wonder if they should quit the lottery because of how other villages already quit but Old Man Warner said it was silly. Then the family had won and had to chose a member from there people started to talk about who they didn't want to win even though back then people didn't care all they did care about is who wins to throw rocks at. This just goes to show how unwillingly people don't want to give up old tradition because of the fact they are so used to it.