The lottery

Choose one of the following questions and write an essay: You must incorporate both, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson as well as at least one outside source. Make sure to use MLA format and have a Works Cited sheet. All papers are to be a minimum of 4 pages in total.
What are some examples of irony in this story? For example, why might the title, “The Lottery,” or the opening description in paragraph one, be considered ironic?
This story satirizes a number of social issues, including the reluctance of people to reject outdated traditions, ideas, rules laws, and practices. What are some outdated or questionable traditions or customs in which people participate today?
Why do we follow outdated practices?
Why do people “follow the crowd” instead of standing up for what they believe?
What are some practices, customs or traditions that should be banned?
What are some customs or traditions that should be reinstated?