“Because so much of the ritual had been forgotten or discarded”, Even though most of the ritual is forgotten, people still follow the lottery when they do not even know the real purpose. This shows the theme of blindly following tradition as people do not know the real cause and why the lottery is still going on.
“Used to be a saying about ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon’... There’s always been a lottery.” Because of the fact that there has always been a lottery, people continued to execute this. The old saying has been forgotten which is the entire meaning of the lottery. The meaning and the cause of the lottery has been forgotten but most people still participate in their tradition which justifies the theme of blindly following tradition.
“Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones...A stone hit [Tessie] on the side of the head.” The villagers lost the entire essence of their tradition and do not realize what is the cause of the lottery. However, they still killed without remorse because of their blind following of a tradition. This quotation shows the theme of blindly following tradition.