What are the conflicts in the short story "The Lottery"?

One conflict in the short story "The Lottery" concerns Tessie Hutchinson versus her small village. Tessie challenges the brutal ritual, but her neighbors force her to participate. There is another conflict involving the northern villages, who have ended the ritual. The wider, underlying conflict concerns tradition versus modernity, and Mr. Summers is in conflict with the villagers over replacing the black box.

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The main conflict of the short story is Tessie Hutchinson versus her village, which subscribes to the brutal tradition of the lottery. Tessie Hutchinson believes that Mr. Summers did not give her husband enough time to draw a slip from the black box and publicly criticizes the lottery. Despite her argument, Tessie becomes the victim of the lottery and is stoned to death by her family and neighbors. Another conflict is between the village and surrounding towns, which have put an end to the brutal ritual. Mr. Adams states that the northern villages have foregone the tradition, and Old Man Warner responds by calling them a pack of "crazy fools."

The debate between the villages exposes another conflict, which is tradition versus modernity. The lottery symbolically represents outdated traditional views. The ritual was founded on a superstitious belief, and the majority of citizens are staunch traditionalists, determined to carry on the senseless lottery. Rational audiences recognize the lottery as...

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