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Presents an interpretation of the short story `The Lottery,' by Shirley Jackson. Life-death cycle archetypes weaved into the story; Representation of lottery; What the story illustrates regarding societal behavior.
Interprets the messages conveyed in Shirley Jackson's short story `The Lottery'. Blind obedience to the tradition as the central theme of the story; Controversy generated by the publication of `The Lottery' in June 1948.
Parallels with Christianity and the Crucifixion are evident in Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery.' Mispronunciation of the name Delacroix, which means 'of the Cross,' symbolizes the villagers' misinterpretation of the Crucifixion and the mass. Christian tradition is mixed with Hebrew and Egyptian religious thought and practice. The village lottery is thus a primitivistic interpretation of the selection of a scapegoat and its stoning to death. Historical and anthropological data cited by James L. Meagher, however, suggests that the victim of the lottery is a parodic symbol of Christ rather than the traditional scapegoat figure
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