Why is person versus society the major conflict in "The Lottery"? I know that it is person versus society, but I just don't know how to explain it, and I can't find anything that can help me.

Person versus society is the major conflict in "The Lottery" because the conflict revolves around Tessie Hutchinson's struggle against her town, the citizens of which insist on observing a ritual of sacrifice each year in blind adherence to tradition.

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The main conflict of this short story is character versus society because it is society that insists upon the continuation of the lottery as a tradition, and it is this tradition—upheld by society—which is responsible for the brutal end of Tessie Hutchinson's life. We can see how attached this society is to the tradition of the lottery through the descriptions of Mr. Summers's dissatisfaction with the wooden box they use during the ceremony. The narrator says:

Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.

It is just a box, after all, and it is cracked and splintered and chipped and stained, and yet people in the village are so reticent to adjust anything having to do with this tradition that they do not even want to change out the box they use.

We also glimpse society's unwillingness to change with the times through the character of Old Man Warner . He cites the old saying "Lottery...

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