The paper slips in the story represents death. This is so because the lottery is done by paper and if you get the wrong one, it means death. Picking their paper, the villagers know what could happen to them. An example from the text is " 'Tessie,' Mr. Summers said, and his voice was hushed. ' Show us her paper, Bill.' Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the paper out of her hand. It had a black spot on it, the black spot Mr. Summers had made the night before with the heavy pencil in the coal company. ".
The imagery of the town on the 27th shows an example of juxataposition. This is so because it shows how peaceful the day seems and then later in the day it's completely different. It shows that no matter how peaceful a place can look, you can be completely wrong. An example from the text is "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 sentence where Bill Jr. goes and pick his piece of paper is a hyperbole. This is so because of the sentence it over exaggerating how he appears. The sentence says that his face is red and his feet is overlarge. An example from the text is "' Bill, Jr.,' Mr.Summers said, and Billy, face red and his feet overlarge, nearly knocked the box over as he got a paper out."
The tone or theme shows and uses suspense. This is so because at first you don't know what the lottery is for , but you know something is wrong. The author uses this in the story to shock her readers at the end. An example to this is " Bill Hutchinson was standing quiet, staring down at the paper in his hand. Suddenly, Tessie Hutchinson shouted to Mr. Summers, ' You didn't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted to. I saw you. It wasnt fair!'".