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:

b) the children's attitude

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The children's attitude represents the social conditioning these villagers have learned over time. They freely and enthusiastically turn on their friends and neighbors in a gruesome execution. Children even inflict this torture on their own parents, The children had stones already.

And someone gave little Davy Hutchinson few pebbles.

Children in this story represent a perverted sense of innocence in the name of "tradition"