How do the people in the village feel about the lottery ?

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Most of the villagers are completely resigned to the fact that the lottery occurs.  It is a part of their normal existence.  They don't question it.  They don't fight it.  The villagers also don't seem to actively support it either.  The lottery is simply something that must be done and endured.  

The only character that I feel is pro lottery is Old Man Warner.  Based on his name, it's clear that he has been around a long time and has seen many lotteries.  He says that there has always been a lottery and sees no reason to discontinue it.  

Old Man Warner snorted. "Pack of crazy fools," he said. "Listening to the young folks, nothing's good enough for them. Next thing you know, they'll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work any more, live hat way for a while. Used to be a saying about 'Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.' First thing you know, we'd all be eating stewed chickweed and acorns. There's always been a lottery," he added petulantly.

"Some places have already quit lotteries." Mrs. Adams said.

"Nothing but trouble in that," Old Man Warner said stoutly. "Pack of young fools."

Based on the above quote, the reader can infer that Old Man Warner is not only in favor of the lottery, but he also thinks it would be stupid to give up. 

Mr. and Mrs. Adams are probably the most outspoken against the lottery, but their outspokenness is very minimal.  They only make a passing mention to Old Man Warner that other towns have quit the lottery.  I feel that if the Adams were totally in favor of the lottery, they wouldn't have said anything.  I think that they were trying to drop a hint to Old Man Warner about finding a way to stop doing the lottery.  

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