The box represents lottery and death in a way at the same time. Citizens gather and meet up in town, write down their names, and add it to the box. Whoever's name gets drawn, is the person that gets stoned to death. The box plays a really big part in the story because it is basically like the main "prop", and explains what this whole story is about.
Tone and Theme
This image shows a clear, sunny day taking place near the village. In the story, Shirley Jackson states, "The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." The image represents that quote and a sunny day and how the weather was this exact day.
Mr. Summers is asking for help, so he asks a few of the people for a "hand". This is an example of Idiom, because they are not actually going to give them their hand, it's just a phrase. Shirley Jackson specifically claims, "And when Mr. Summers said, "Some of you fellows want to give me a hand?" there was a hesitation before two men."
The theme of this passage would have to be death, because at the end someone ends up dying and being stoned. Throughout the story, there is suspense and that is what leads to what happened. Kind of like a mysterious suspense, and you wonder what is going to happen next and whose name will be drawn. Overall it is a very suspenseful story!