When talking about people who suggest the lottery should be given up, Old Man Warner says, “Used to be a saying about ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon. ‘ First thing you know, we’d all be eating stewed chickweed and acorns” (lines 197-199).
How does Old Man Warner respond to talk about giving up the lottery?
Old Man Warner responds to Mr. Adams who tells him that another village had given up the lottery. In Old Man Warner’s eyes, doing away with the lottery would be akin to going back to primitive times. He believes that society would fail without the lottery.
What does Old Man Warner call people who want to give up the lottery?
First, Old Man Warner actually believes that the Lottery is good for the town. Twice he calls young people a “pack of fools,” for even considering doing away with the Lottery. Tied to this point, he is a very traditional man.
What saying does Old Man Warner quote about the lottery What does this saying suggest about the origin and purpose of the drawing?
What Warner was saying was that because the town was adhering to the tradition of the lottery the town would have good luck in the coming year. The people believed that the lottery was a direct influence on their prosperity.
Why does Tessie say the lottery is unfair?
Tessie thinks the lottery is unfair because she won. If someone else won, she would not have complained at all. … This is an example of situational irony in that the readers do not expect that the winner of the lottery will be killed.
Do you agree with Mrs Hutchinson is the lottery unfair?
Answer: Mrs. Hutchinson does not find the lottery unfair, until her husband is picked as a winner. It is only when the lottery directly affects her life that she complains about it.
What is the role of Old Man Warner in the story?
In “The Lottery,” Old Man Warner is the tradition keeper of the town. He has attended seventy-five Lotteries. He is the oldest man in the village and has taken it upon himself to be the guardian of the town’s traditions.
What is the irony in the lottery?
The plot as a whole in “The Lottery” is filled with ironic twists. The whole idea of a lottery is to win something, and the reader is led to believe that the winner will receive some prize, when in actuality they will be stoned to death by the rest of the villagers.
What does the black box symbolize in the lottery?
The Black Box
The shabby black box represents both the tradition of the lottery and the illogic of the villagers’ loyalty to it. The black box is nearly falling apart, hardly even black anymore after years of use and storage, but the villagers are unwilling to replace it.