In this story, people are reluctant to reject outdated traditions, ideas, rules, laws, and practices. Can you give me some examples of this?

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The reluctance to change the tradition shows most clearly in the splintering box that holds the lottery slips. We learn that:

. . . no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.

We also learn that in recent years, Mr. Summers always...

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The reluctance to change the tradition shows most clearly in the splintering box that holds the lottery slips. We learn that:

. . . no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.

We also learn that in recent years, Mr. Summers always runs the lottery.

Mr. Summers will bring up making a new box sometimes because of how badly the old box has deteriorated, but the idea always fades away.

We learn from Tessie Hutchinson that the lottery always takes place on June 27th.

We find that there is a precise and unchanging sequence of events, with male heads of family each drawing a slip first, and in the absence of a male head, the wife doing the drawing. Nobody opens their slip of paper until everyone has drawn. After the "chosen" family is identified, there is a second drawing to determine who within the family will be stoned.

What is most interesting about this is that the reluctance to change seems to root more in dislike of the lottery than an enthusiastic embrace of tradition. People have gradually let parts of the ritual wither away over time, and it is possible that the villagers don't want to build a new lottery box because doing that would imply that the lottery will continue. It is as if everyone is going through this ritual but trying to detach themselves from it as much as possible and live in denial about it.

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Though the box currently in use becomes more and more worn and shabby each year—it is "splintered badly along one side," with chipped paint and several stains—"no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box." So, despite the fact that Mr. Summers brought up the shabbiness of the box quite "frequently" to the other villagers, no one was willing to discuss getting rid of it in earnest because they are so loathe to break with tradition.

Another piece of evidence to prove the villagers' reluctance to reject outdated practices is the way they eventually stone Tessie Hutchinson, the woman who "wins" the lottery. The narrator says, "Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones." It is such an ancient practice to stone people; it is bad enough that these folks hurt and potentially kill her for no real reason (other than tradition) in the first place, but to do this in such a brutal and vicious way makes it seem even worse!

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There are many examples of the town's unwillingness to change.  During the lottery itself, Mr. Adams makes the comment that some towns have given up the lottery.  The oldest member of the town, Old Man Warner, very quickly replies, "Next thing you know, they'll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work any more, live that way for a while."  But this is hardly the only case.  The box that the lottery papers are in was made with "some pieces of the box that had preceded it," suggesting that these people are not even willing to throw a box away when it's worn and has served it's purpose.   In fact, even when their customs are impractical, they have trouble letting go.  It was only Mr. Summers who finally convinced people to stop using chips of wood.  There were too many people in town for such a cumbersome system, but he had to convince them to give up a system that was clearly inappropriate.

This love for custom and the past is also seen in the characterization.  The women are dressed in old fashioned clothing, "faded house dresses and sweaters."  The children's games seem reminiscent of a past time.  While this conjures images of innocence, it also shows that these people are not ever quick to change.

And the ultimate example is the ceremony itself.  The following quote is from the site I linked below.

The people of the village continue to take part in the lottery even though they cannot remember certain aspects of the ritual, such as the "tuneless chant" and the "ritual salute," simply because the event has been held for so long that these aspects have been lost to time.

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