A Response to the Social Justice Left A Critique of the Coalition of the Discontent The social justice left, which is a revolutionary movement in its own right, has hijacked the traditional left-wing position based upon economic redistribution on a color blind basis with respect for the law and understanding for respective national traditions, and instead grown by the very basic strategy of gathering all those who have grievances with the existent culture and promising to remedy their concerns by taking from those whom they envy.
The stones that the young boys are collecting and placing in a pile, though this appears to be relatively harmless, they are in fact to be used in the stoning of Tessie Hutchinson at the end of the story.
The children, when they are being called by their mothers, have to be called four or five times. They appear to be reluctant to participate in the lottery.
This may be significant as it suggests that the children are aware of what is going to happen the stoning and may be afraid to participate.
The first paragraph of the story is also interesting. Though some readers might feel the information being provided by Jackson is unnecessary or irrelevant in light of what actually happens in the storythe benefit of the information is that it grounds the story. It gives it a sense of normality.
We have the date and Jackson also describes it as being a normal sunny day. This is significant as it again suggests that what is going to occur is normal if not accepted.
There is nothing unusual, the reader finds that the lottery is popular, nearly all the villagers are in attendance, Jackson even going as far as to name some of them.
This again suggests that the tradition of the lottery is not only popular but it to also accepted, everybody has turned up. The reader is also aware that Old Man Warner is the oldest person in the village.
He also tells Mr Adams that without the lottery, that the village will be eating stewed chickweed and acorns. If anything Old Man Warner and his blind adherence and acceptance of tradition suggests that he may be the fool rather than those who have decided to stop the tradition of the lottery.
Jackson also uses further symbolism in the story. The black box can be seen to represent tradition. It is an old battered box, with parts of it believed to have come from the original box.
The villagers do not want to change it, they like the tradition of the lottery and wish to keep the box as it is. There is also other symbolism in the story which may be important, the lottery itself and its rules represents an adherence to tradition, of not questioning things.
The lottery also acts as ironic symbolism. It is expected that when someone participates in a lottery, that they win something. This is not the case in the story, the opposite occurs, they lose their life.
Also in the case of the Watsons, Mr Watson is not available possibly the winner of the lottery the previous year and rather than his wife picking the piece of paper, it is left to her son Jack to pick the paper for both of them. It is also interesting that Tessie not only forgot it was the day of the lottery but that she was washing the dishes before she arrived.
Again this suggests that the female in the village has a particular role in the family. Also it is left to the boys at the beginning of the story to collect the stones. She had forgotten about the lottery.
Cite Post McManus, Dermot.The Role of Tradition in The Lottery Throughout time, tradition has played a key role in all culture's lives. They shape the way a culture lives and interacts with the world around them. Traditions bring one another together and it is a time to enjoy each other's presence.
Traditions are carried out because that is what has been done in times.
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