The Lottery and Other Stories

why has shirley jackson chosen common people for her characters

the lottery by Shirley jackson

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The common American rural-type of character works well with her themes of conformity and tradition. Buried beneath all the symbolism is a vague idea that the Lottery served some superstitious agricultural purpose. The commonly accepted Lottery is both surreal and realistic to the type of "tribal" human nature that these "common" people represent.