Are more characters for or against changing the Lottery in any capacity? Which characters seem to change their minds over the course of the story?
In your opinion, in what time period did this story take place? Where did "The Lottery" take place?
What is the purpose of the Lottery?
There are many questions that seem to go unanswered in "The Lottery," but they do make you think. For instance, what exactly is the purpose of the Lottery and stoning someone to death? Old Man Warner suggested it was sacrificial. There are also many mentions of tradition in the story. Could it be the town is simply afraid of change?
When and where did this story take place? Could this have been my town 50 years ago or is this some place that I could never relate to? It would be really nice to think that the Lottery was taking place in some far-off, backwards country, a long long time ago; however, the first American jeans were made in 1873, and Mr. Summers was wearing jeans. With how long the town claims they had been conducting the Lottery (the new box was older than Old Man Warner), the town needed people in it for at least 78 years. It's difficult to pinpoint a when a where, which may have been Jackson's intention when she wrote "The Lottery," maybe she wanted to keep a broad spectrum so she could relate her work to everyone.