Why doesn't old man Warner want to give up the lottery?

Expert Answers info

readerofbooks eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write4,795 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

There are three reasons why Old Man Warner does not want to give up the Lottery. 

First, Old Man Warner actually believes that the Lottery is good for the town. Twice he calls young people a "pack of fools," for even considering doing away with the Lottery. Tied to this point, he is a very traditional man. To change tradition is sacrilegious. 

Second, he believes that there will be a good harvest if the town continues with the Lottery. He give us a little jingle that he recalls from the past: "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon." We don't...

(The entire section contains 300 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial