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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 Mr. Summers in “The Lottery” is symbolic of a contradiction the reader’s expectation of summer.
Most of the time when a culture has a tradition it something that occurs often. As a rule everyone partakes in the tradition whether they want to or not. Traditions have been around for a while, even “ the black box...even before Old Man Warner… was born.” Since they have been around for so long they would be a good or happy tradition, but ironically it The tradition of THe lottery is not a happy or good tradition because someone dies every time this tradition happens.
The character’s name Mrs. Delacroix in “The Lottery” is symbolic of the hypocritical practice of this Christian.
According to the text, “Mr. Graves made up the slips of paper and put them in the box, and it was then taken to the safe..Mr. Graves had selected the five slips and put them in the box. and he dropped all the papers but those onto the ground. where the breeze caught them and lifted them off… Mr. Graves took the hand of the little boy, who came willingly with him up to the box.Mr. Graves took the child's hand and removed the folded paper from the tight fist and held it while little Dave stood next to him and looked up at him wonderingly” (1-8). Most of the time, a grave, is a symbol of death. As a rule in certain cultures, our dead ones are buried in a grave. The fact that the dead is buried in a grave, and Mr Graves last name is ‘Grave’ it symbolizes the death that is going to fall upon someone. He also “made up the slips of paper and put them in the box” he himself is choosing who dues, and who lives because he makes the paper. He is the one that is putting the paper that has the dot in the box, he is sending someone to their death.
Out of every name that Jackson could have chose for this person mr Summers, he chose this one particularly. Usually summer means happy, fun, sitting by the pool, just having fun. But Mr Summers has to be “carrying the black wooden box” and that means that he is the bearer and bringer of death because he bring the box that will choose someone to die. He brought the death to someone because he brought it down. It's ironic because he is doing the exact opposite of what summer is supposed to be.
Usually the name Delacroix is a christain name. As a rule, when you are a christian the one thing you do not is sin. When “ she had to pick it up with both hands” she does this top pick up the heaviest rock and she is going to hurt someone basically committing the biggest sin possible in killing a person. It is very hypocritical because when you are christian you do not sin, or at least, try not too.
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