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The Lottery question 5

At the end of the story, Mrs. Delacroix selects a huge stone and urges Mrs Dunbar to hurry. Explain why this is ironic or unexpected. What important idea is brought out by this instance of irony?

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It is both ironic and chilling that the women who seemed closest Tessie are quite pragmatic about killing her. This irony underscores the theme of human loyalty towards "tradition" rather than their fellow friend.