5. Writing the conclusion
A conclusion for a critique follows the pattern of conclusions for many genres. It starts with a restatement of the stance or thesis statement presented in the introduction and argued throughout the body paragraphs. It continues with a summary of the main points put forward to support your critical evaluation of the work. The conclusion usually concludes with a reassessment of the importance or impact of the work and/or a call for further research, investigation, or even action in light of the findings and ideas in your critique.
To conclude, although the main theme of Jackson’s “The Lottery” is an important one that is still relevant to our modern age, it is unfortunate that certain elements of the story’s setting undermine that message for readers in the 21st century. The village’s isolation from the rest of the world, the absence of technology, especially recording devices like smartphones, and the lack of diversity among the villagers contrast too greatly with the reality of modern society. Thus, readers may be led to conclude that the people in the story blindly follow tradition and annually slaughter a member of their own community because of the comparatively primitive circumstances in which they live. Although educators who currently teach “The Lottery” to millions of high-school students might attempt to convince them otherwise, there appears to be too wide a perception gap for young people these days to overcome in this regard. Instead, it might be wiser to find another story, novel or short film that illustrates the same theme in a more updated setting that will more easily connect with young people living in the second decade of this century. In this way, the very clear dangers of blindly following traditions that ruin the lives of people in our communities or beyond can continue to be strongly emphasized in the minds of future generations living in technologically-rich societies.
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