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  • The black color in “The Lottery” is symbolic of death, anticipation, and fear.
  • The black box in “The Lottery” is symbolic of traditions and rituals.
  • The character's name Mr. Graves in “The Lottery” are symbolic of tombstones and death.
  • Typically, black is a mysterious color and is associated with the unknown. As a rule, black denotes strength and is often mixed with a negative connotation like “blacklist, or black death. Therefore, the “black spot on it” holds the suspense of what is to come and the inevitable demise of one citizen.
  • The character's name Mr. Summers in “The Lottery” is symbolic of a contradiction the reader’s expectation of summer.
  • Normally, in a lottery a black box would represent money or something good. But in this story the Black box represents death. It represents death because who ever name gets pulled that means the person goes up and gets rocks thrown at them until they die or are severely hurt.
  • Habitually, a grave is affiliated with rustings on it with one's who have passed. A grave can be seen by a substance to those near feel uneasy.
  • Summer is commonly related to a joyful time which brings lots of fun and more time with the family. Although in “THE LOTTERY” summer runs the lottery and calls the names of the people who will be picked to go up on stage and get rocks thrown at each other.
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