The Lottery and Other Stories

were you surprised by the ending of the story

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I hope you've read the story and can answer this for yourself! The first time I read this short story, I will admit to be far more shocked and appalled than surprised. The ending is so very violent and unexpected, it's difficult to comprehend the forst time around. None-the-less, it is a fabulous example of mob mentality, and the need to occasionally rethink the more violent traditions in old societies. Unfortunately, some societies continue to adhere to violent tradition.