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"The Lottery" and the Dangers of Extreme Majority Rule

Summary: Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" is a cautionary tale about how society can be blinded by the lure of tradition and majority rule pushed to the extreme. Strict enforcement of such conditions can lead to inhumane acts.
In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, a story of tradition and herd mentality pushed to the extreme, we are reminded of how in our society we too often walk blindly with the majority. It has been proved in history with science, war and politics how people have carried out traditions simply because it was the way they were taught and simply because everyone else was doing it too. The majority rule carried out in an organized manner can make a conscious decision, but because of group mentality, influence from others and fear of separation from the majority, people can become ignorant and unconscious to their way of life.

The decision made by the majority rule does not always imply that a formed decision has been made. When the phrase "majority rule" is brought to mind, one does not think of an election or situation where a large group has...

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