Resistance to change is represented by the people of the village not giving up the lottery despite their growing unease with it. The unease shows in various ways: the men, for instance, stand as far away as they can from the pile of stones, as if they want to distance themselves from what is going to happen. Further, Mr. and Mrs. Adams both note that some other villages have given up their lotteries, showing there is precedence for doing so. Old Man Warner, however, pooh-poohs that idea as "crazy" and represents the faction resistant to change when he states,
"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.
Changes have come to the lottery, but mostly in the form of dropping rituals to speed it up. The villagers have also replaced wood chips with pieces of paper for the drawing.
We learn as well that
No one liked to upset even as much tradition as was...
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