Outline for Paper on Jackson’s “The Lottery”

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A 2 page outline (not a full discussion) of a proposed paper that would stress the irony in this short story. The proposed thesis is that the irony in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is that a barbaric practice is accepted as necessary simply because it is ancient and has always been practiced; and therefore, it is never scrutinized or evaluated, but simply blindly carried out each year. Bibliography lists 3 sources.