Hey Whyville. If you read the Times, you will know that someone wrote about a
story where you didn't want to win a lottery. If you went to the site and read
the whole story, you may be thinking, what in the world is going on? Well, this
year in my honors English class we watched that short story on video and had to
write about it.
The townspeople all have to go to a lottery once a year where there is one slip
for each family in the box. One of those slips has a black dot on it. Usually,
the man of the house will pick the first slip. Then the members of the family, depending on how
many individuals are there, each pick a slip again and one will have the black
dot on it. The person who gets the black dot is sacrificed for the corn!
Back when this
actually occurred, people thought you had to sacrifice someone each year in order
to have a successful corn harvesting. The way the person is sacrificed is that
they are stoned.
When I watched this on video it looked like the 1950's. It was an awful story
and I couldn't believe it.
Now I hope you know what that story meant. I guess it's good
we don't believe in those silly traditions anymore, huh?
Editor's Note: Was this story based on real events, or do you think
the author was trying to tell her readers a message?