The Lottery and Other Stories

Give three examples of such information about the community and its interactions.

Dialog provides must information not stated elsewhere in the story.

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"Well, now." Mr. Summers said soberly, "guess we better get started, get this over with, so's we can go back to work. "

This is terribly dark and ironic considering these people really don't have to murder one of their neighbours but consider it important enough to break their hard working day to do so.

"It's not the way it used to be." Old Man Warner said clearly. "People ain't the way they used to be."

OLd Man Warner provides insight into the attitude of the old and what the lottery used to be like. As the reasons for doing it and traditions behind it fade, this statement gives us a glimpse of the attitude in the past.

"It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her.

This is another darkly ironic statement. Mrs.Hutchinson was quite willing to take part in the "tradition" until the violence became personal. She even goes as far as to volunteer her grown daughters for the execution.