The color black is mentioned heavily in this story. I think it represents the death that is about to take place at the end of the story. The black box in which the papers are stored for the lottery is represented as black and so is the dot on the single paper that indicates who is put to death.
Tone and Theme
Imagery is brought out vividly in this story. I chose to use the scene where the boys where looking for "the smoothest and roundest stones" for the lottery. You can imagine what type of rocks the children where picking up and begin to wonder why and what's going on.
There are a few forms of figure of speech within this passage but I think the scene where Tessie was standing in the center of the town with everyone watching and the "breeze caught the papers and lifted them" is vital to the story. This is a form of personification since wind can't actually catch paper. This sentence really helps the reader imagine the scene.
The tone of this story was very suspenseful because the author gives only enough information to inform you on a situation that is about to take place with symbols and imagery but won't allow you to know what is taking place. The theme of this story is how dangerous traditions can be when people abide by them blindly.