Throughout time, humanity has exhibited a wide scope of callous customs that have been freely accepted and infrequently challenged. The story was initially met with negative critical reception due to its violent nature and portrayal of the potentially dangerous nature of human society.
The story begins on a beautiful summer afternoon. In the end, the townspeople—children included—gather around and stone the winner to death, simply because it was tradition.
The story is very similar to that of Hunger Games, which is a modern movie that most people have seen. When one is faced to deal with change in their lives, one of their first reactions is disregard.
Of course unlike your typical lotteries, this is not one that you would want to win. Do a close reading of a few instances such as these that magnify the possibility for a much darker ending.