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The black box in “The Lottery” is symbolic of traditions and rituals.
The three legged stool in “The Lottery” is symbolic of past, present, and future.
The drawing/lottery in “The Lottery” is symbolic of chances in life.
Typically, when something is a dark color it means something negative. As a rule, black proves to show that something bad is going to happen. Therefore, the black color of the box symbolizes negative traditions and rituals.
The character's name Mr. Summers in “The Lottery” is symbolic of a contradiction the reader’s expectation of summer.
Typically, something has three points it stands for three things. As a rule, three points means three different points that all connect to each other. Therefore, the three legged stool symbolizes the past present and the future and how the lottery has and will still be a tradition for everyone.
Typically, when there is a drawing of something it's by chance that someone's name gets pulled. As a rule, lotteries are nerve racking because you don’t know who is going to get pulled. Therefore, when a name does get picked it's by chance that that name got picked out of everyone else’s name.
Typically, when you think of summer you get happy about being able to hang out with friends and have fun. As a rule, summer is a time of fun and enjoyment with friends. Therefore, when you hear about Mr. Summers you don’t get this exciting feeling because you think of the lottery and all the negative aspects that follow his name.
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