Stones are placed together in a pile for an unknown reason, but the villagers seem to want to distance themselves from them: ¨They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed. ¨
The villagers are taking part of some sort of lottery system which appears to be a controversial topic, ¨ ´Some places have already quit lotteries,´ Mrs. Adams said.¨ This is a point in conflict. Some people in the society are for the lottery and some seem to think it's outdated.
The end shows the conflict is an individual vs society as the reader realizes the lottery is the town picking a person to murder: “ ´It isn’t fair, it isn’t right,´ Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon .¨