For The Sake of Religion
Any one who participates in a lottery understands that it is a gamble; there is a chance that you will have no net gain or become the village sacrifice. The lottery is a term that may take on various meanings, like in the twentieth century villages that had a religious meaning in the annual ritual for the summer harvest. The understanding of the lottery was unclear to Mr. Adams as he proceeded to say to Mr. Warner, “over in the North village they’re talking of giving up the lottery (qtd. prior to Para 13). ” This interpretation says that the lottery is being conducted because this was a practice that was instilled in the villagers from previous generations and continued to go on unquestioned. The actual events conducted in the lottery had been forgotten as the years went on. The setting, the rituals, as well as the characters that were emphasized foreshadowed the events to come during the town meeting.
On June 27th around 10 o’clock the villagers would annually gather in the center of town between the post office and the bank. The flowers were blossoming on a warm summer day. The population consisted of three hundred villagers and the children assembled initially, then the parents would follow. The children “made great piles of stones,” which were smooth and round in shape (Par 1-2). Why would the rocks need to be placed in a pile, for what reason would the rocks be of use. Once the majority of the villagers arrived the lottery would come to open. Old man Warner, participated in the lottery for seventy-seven times, believed that the, “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.”
The tradition of the villagers included rituals and paraphernalia that had been passed down throughout the years since the village was established. The lottery is a list of all the heads of households that are placed in the black box and begins when the official is sworn in. Some villagers have remembered the rituals and some and forgotten them remembered...