What are five details that suggest the villagers are ordinary people in "The Lottery"?

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rshaffer eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When the story begins, the villages come together for an annual event, in keeping with tradition.  This is similar to modern neighbors holding annual block parties.

The men, women, and children have stereotypical roles.  The children gather while running around playing and laughing; the men gather in a group and joke around with each other; the women then join their husbands and begin to call out for the children in order to gather them for the festivities.  These stereotypical roles make the villagers appear ordinary.

Next, you have old man Warner representing tradition and resistance to change.  This behavior is found in many older people, which makes him ordinary.

Although the tradition of stoning is barbaric, Jackson having the "winner" of the lottery being a woman, Tess, holds a normal attitude in that it depicts a society where men have authority over women.

Finally, the story presents social division in the townspeople.  You have Mr. Sommers, the conductor of the event, representing the upper class because of his power and money, while Bill Hutchinson represents the working class, and the women hold traditional roles as housewives.

I hope this is what you were asking :)