A Look at Human Nature in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
A look at how Shirley Jackson portrays the weakness of human nature, including the inability to accept responsibility and challenge popular morality.
“The short story “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson, takes a deeper look at human nature by displaying at least three typical attitudes of man while living and interacting in a society. These attitudes include man’s unwillingness to accept the consequences of societal actions, man’s tendency to turn against his neighbor if he or she is dubbed an outcast, and man’s acceptance of a tradition that may be immoral simply because he has always done so. ”