tradition of choosing wood chips. Irony Old Man Warner's Thoughts It is ironic how Old Man Warner believes being civilized means to follow tradition, which is to kill people. Because people think it is civilized, they continue to do things like this. He says that if we stop it, we would go to cave times. To us, being civilized would be to stop such lotteries. Symbolism The lottery The lottery symbolizes how death can come at any time. People get chosen and then they are stoned and dead. They don't know their death are coming; it is sudden and we can never know when it is coming.
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