I think this story applies to life in the United States, 70 years after it was written, because of today’s controversial politics and Republican platform. In “The Lottery,” Old Man Warner- a survivor of many lotteries- bitterly dismisses reform and complains that “It’s not the way it used to be. People ain’t the way they used to be.” This is one of those continual complaints you hear from Republicans and other types of social conservatives (in my opinion). For example, it’s even been portrayed and applied today in our president’s slogan: “Make America Great Again.
” That is, make it the way that it used to be; but, some people never stop to think about or complain about all the senseless systematic violence that Trump perpetuated- such as oppressing women and immigrants. As well as in ‘The Lottery,” the villagers mindlessly follow Mr. Summers and his tradition of the lottery with no questions or complaints.