The Lottery and Other Stories

Questions: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

8. Examine the symbolism in the story. Comment on the significance of the following:

j) the stoning finale

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The stoning is supposed to be a ritual sacrifice. It, however, represents the innate hunger people have to harm and kill others. The people perform this act like a task but obviously find stimulation in it. The stoning can represent the town's own sense of guilt and self-loathing.