Old Man Warner is 77 years old and currently the oldest man in town. He had been involved in the lottery many times and for him it was a special event with a special meaning. Therefore, when Mr. Adams said to him that the north village was planning on giving up the lottery, the Old Man got mad. Page 31, lines 195-200 Old Man Warner says petulantly "Listening to the young folks, nothing's good enough for them... There's always been a lottery." This quotes infers that points of views change in time, specially for new generations. Which leads to many different believes and traditions depending on the person.
Tone and Theme
The day of the lottery it was a beautiful, bright, summer day. Where nothing appalling was expected to happen. A small town where love between neighbors is expected. The author did this on purpose to make a big twist at the end. On page 25, lines 1-3 mentions "The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny... the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green."
It is summer break and the kids are cheerful to be out of school. The children gathered together as always to have long talks about school and play around. They feel free and without any responsibilities on their shoulders. Page 25, lines 12-13 says "...the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them..." This is an example of personification because the word "feeling" and "sat" is given as if it was a person but it is just a sentence describing how they felt.
The theme in this story is the eager to commit violence and lack of compassion from humans. Mrs. Hutchinson was a house lady who expected everything except her neighbors to kill her, line 328 where Mrs. Hutchinson says "It isn't fair, it isn't right." The tone of this short story is suspenseful, because it is never known when and what will happen or what was the purpose of the lottery.