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:

h) the change to the ritual chant and salute

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Much like the black box, other trappings of the once ornate tradition have been lost or substituted with something quicker. The people are not concerned or, except for Old man Warner, even know why they are still doing the lottery. The chant may have provided a clue why they had the lottery but that has been replaced with a salute that tells us nothing. The people go through the motions until they can kill somebody.