10. This story was published in 1948, just after World War II. What other cultural or historical events, attitudes, institutions, or rituals might Jackson be satirizing in this story
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The story satirizes small town conformity and insular narrow-mindedness. In 1948, the world was still coming to terms with the violence and casualties of WW2. The senseless killing of Jews amidst a largely complacent German (and western) population is another point of satire in this story.