The tone of the story is normal and calm in the beginning. The story then progresses into a more ironic and horrific tone. In line 1 it states, "The morning of June 27th as clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." Everything is nice and calm then in line 324 it states, "It isnt fair." she said. A stone hit her on the side of her head." It becomes dark and scary. One of the themes of the story is blindness. The villagers are so caught up on actually stoning the person than remembering the ritual itself. In line 310 it states, "Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones." This shows what the villagers are truly like.
Figures of Speech
The black box is the actual lottery box and its been used for a very long time. It is not the original box the village used though. It symbolizes death and how loyal the villagers are to it. In line 64 it states, "The black box grew shabbier each year; by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly..." This quote shows that even though its worn out, the villagers are still loyal and faithful to the box that decides if they live or not.
Mr. Summers is calling Billy over to pick a slip out. Billy seems to be clumsy and shy so his turn to go up to the box is different from others. In line 297 it states, "'Bill, Jr.,' Mr. Summers said, and Billy, his face red and his feet overlarge, nearly knocked the box over as he got a paper out." The sentence includes sight details such as "red face" and "nearly knocked box over."
Metaphor Old man Warner is comparing the north village to cavemen. In line 192 it states, "'That over in the north village theyre talking of giving up the lottery.' Old man Warner snorted. 'Pack of crazy fools,' he said. Listening to the young folks, notings good enough for them. Next thing you know, they'll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work any more, live that way for a while."