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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 the Holy Trinity (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.)
The drawing/lottery in “The Lottery” is symbolic of chances of death through life.
People make connections to bad experiences and different things that relate to that experience such as a black box one saw someone’s future eliminated with. The black box is a symbol of control and power that the government isn't afraid to enforce upon an innocent civilian.
The character's name Mr. Graves in “The Lottery” are symbolic of tombstones and death.
The stool is symbolic of the traditions that surrounds the lottery and how they believe that the box and stool hold religious power and the people of the village live and die by the ritual.
It is symbolic of the inconsistency with the lottery and that it is left solely to the people drawing the names to not pick yours pure random chance showing it is not disciplinary.
Though just a stupid pun the name Mr.Graves is a slight reminder of the person that potentially determines if you go home at the end of the day. Mr. Graves has the power to determine what will happen when the names come out and has the ability to make that one extra mix of the names that could have saved your life.
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