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The black box in “The Lottery” is symbolic of traditions and rituals.
The drawing/lottery in "The Lottery" is symbolic of chances in life.
The character's name in "the lottery" are symbolic of tombstones and death.
Typically people follow traditions without questioning it. As a rule, not questioning a tradition is what one is expected to do.Therefore, when Mr. Summers asked villagers to make a new box and “no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box (3).” This implies that the villagers are comfortable keeping the box and with the killings of other people. Jackson’s short story depicts that traditions can lead to bad things.
The character's name Mr Summer's in "the lottery" is symbolic of a contradiction of the readers expectation of summer.
Typically people enjoy to participate in the lottery but the lottery is a game of chances. In the text the lottery represents chances in life. Therefore in the text "the lottery" the lottery represents life
As a rule Graves is a simple last name however in the text it is used as a symbol of death. His name indicates what happens later in the story.
Typically you would imagine summer as a time of fun. However it is used to show how different the summer in the text is different from the one you imagine. Therefore his name is a symbol of contradiction.
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