The Lottery and Other Stories


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.