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The Lottery

The Lottery

by Shirley Jackson

Society and Class Quotes

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Quote #4

The crowd was quiet. A girl whispered, "I hope it's not Nancy," and the sound of the whisper reached the edges of the crowd.

"It's not the way it used to be." Old Man Warner said clearly. "People ain't the way they used to be." (68 – 69)

We assume from this statement that people used to be much more accepting of the lottery's results. This may signal the community's potential for doing away with the lottery entirely.

Quote #5

"It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her. (80)

Mrs. Hutchinson is protesting only because the violence has become personal. She would have been perfectly fine with the idea of being one of the attackers.

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