This tradition needs to be stopped! It is not fair!
You can't just tear apart families like this....
It's going to be okay....
The theme of The Lottery seems to be something along the lines of how tradition is not always the answer, just because something is normal does not mean it is morally okay.
‘The black box grew shabbier each year; by now, it was no longer completely black, but splintered badly along one side.” This quote from The Lottery shows how the people of the town are directly related to the description of the box. Each year, people become more and more doubtful of the purpose of the stonings that occur annually. These people are too afraid to put an end to things because it is their tradition type thing, but they are barely being held together, like the box,
A motif that is shown throughout The Lottery is family. Family seems to be an important aspect to the people of the town in this story, but as soon as they are put against each other to be chosen for the lottery, they are forced apart in many ways. Family members are pitted against each other for no good reason except the tradition of the town.
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