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  • The character's name Mr. Graves in “The Lottery” are symbolic of tombstones and death.
  • The drawing/lottery in “The Lottery” is symbolic of chances in life.
  • The black box in “The Lottery” is symbolic of traditions and rituals.
  • Typically, traditions and rituals don’t change. As a rule, traditions and rituals are positive. Therefore, when Mr. Summers frequently spoke “about making a new box” but never came to do it shows that they didn’t want to change the Black box.
  • Typically, drawing/lottery there are very low chances of “winning”. As a rule, there is a positive reaction towards the drawing because of the very slim chances one specific villager will be picked. Therefore, Old Man Warner that has been in the lottery for his “Seventy-seventh year” so everyone feels as if they are safe and will never be picked.
  • Typically, graves and tombstones are related to death and misery . As a rule there is a negative reaction towards the name Mr. Graves “ had selected the five slips” which means he is the one who puts the white slips and the white slip with the black dot which are either life or death for the ones who are picked.
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