Old Man Warner

Old Man Warner is another secondary character in the story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. The fact that the community calls him “Old Man” suggests that the villagers recognise him as their elder. Despite this, he seems to hold no special status in the village.

Old Man Warner’s outer characterisation tells us that he is “the oldest man in town” (p. 27, l. 1), while the story suggests that he is 77 years old: “ ‘Seventy-seventh year I been in the lottery,’ Old Man Warner said as he went through the crowd.” (p. 30, ll. 15-16)

Old Man Warner’s inner characterisation is mostly constructed through his language. We notice, for example, that he is a strong supporter of the lottery, which is reflected in his criticism of other communities that want to give up this tradition:

Old Man Warner snorted. ‘Pack of crazy fools,’ he said. ‘Listening to the young f...

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