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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.
The character’s name Mrs. Delacroix in “The Lottery” is symbolic of the hypocritical practice of this Christian.
Usually traditions are a symbol of happiness and embracing something. But in this case the author uses the black box to symbolize how certain traditions can be used to manipulate people. Even though they don’t know why it’s being done, the black color can intimidate people as the color black is typically used to symbolize things like death and fear. Out of all the colors Jackson specifically choose black because it can represent death which is what “The Lottery” leads to.
A Grave is a tombstone, which is typically found in a graveyard. Graveyards represent death which is why the name Mr. Graves symbolizes a place for death in “The Lottery”. This leads the reader to anticipate his role in bringing death to the village. Out of all the names and jobs that the character could play, he’s the one who holds the three legged stool and is also the postman which can symbolize he’s delivering bad news.
Mrs.Delacroix’s name is translated to “of the cross” in french. Its ironic that her name represents something shes not. This shows how people can be hypocritical in life trying to be religious and turning around and doing the opposite. Jackson purposely names her this to show how people can be hypocritical in life and switch up on what they say.
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