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1. What associations does the word “lottery” have for you? Did this effective how you read the story originally? How and why?
The word “lottery” to me has only one meaning, to win something of great value and to basically have a good outcome of whatever it is that you win. Winning the lottery has to do with being lucky and having people envious of you. When I read the title of the story I started reading it with the intentions of someone having enough luck to win something of great value, but I started to think that there had to be some kind of con to winning it. I just assumed that “The Lottery” was going to be about good fortune but with an ending that wasn’t what the reader was expecting because it is seldom that I read anything that has to do with all good and no bad.

2. Why does Jackson begin the story with such a glorious description of the town?
I think Jackson’s intent was to put the reader at ease, make them think of the most perfect scenario of a town. I believe that she did this just to catch the readers off guard and add some shock to the story. I thought it portrayed the scenario as “a great day to be alive”

3. To what degree has the lottery been kept a tradition in this society? How does it seem almost religious? Use specific examples from the text to discuss how the lottery is religious.
The lottery is a tradition in the ways that they prepare for it, and the same box that they use every time and the process of the drawing how the head of the house goes forth. The town folk don’t even fight the lottery; they see it as a way a life basically. They don’t know any better. It is the way that they were brought up to believe in the lottery. It is almost like how most people are raised to believe in whatever religion that their parents teach them and show them. They follow and accept every aspect of it, whether it is wrong or right. They see it…...

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