How do the people in the village feel about the lottery in "The Lottery"?

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The townspeople have mixed reactions to the annual lottery. Some are genuinely excited about it—the children who don't know any better think it's an opportunity to play and talk together. Some of the boys pick up stones and fill their pockets, getting ready for the final part of the ceremony. They play and talk together as if it's just another social occasion. None of them truly understand the implications of this barbaric tradition.

The adults also do not display much seriousness, until the actual lottery begins. The men gather in one place and the women gather in another, exchanging comments about their daily lives. The men discuss planting crops and taxes; the women gossip. Although they are not as loud and boisterous as the children, the adults smile as they chat; no one is saddened or distraught at the prospect of losing a friend or family member. Mr. Summers teases Tessie for almost missing the lottery; she responds with a joke—"Wouldn't have me leave m'dishes in the sink." The...

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