The lottery box represents death and longevity of their traditions. It shows how people have upheld the practice. Lines 65-67 "The black box grew shabbier each year; by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one side to show the original wood color..."
tone & theme
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In this image we have the people of the village stoning Tessie. She stood up for her husband only to be put into his position by the box. She's helplessly crying while everyone is mercilessly throwing the rocks at her. Lines 328-329 "It isn't fair, it isnt right, Mrs. Hutchinson screamed..."
In this image, Mrs.Dunbar says to collect the smoothest and roughest stones in time for the stoning. She was talking as a "good sport" despite the situation of stoning a fellow friend. All of them have an apparent eagerness to participate in violence. "Old Man Warner who urges, 'come on, come on everyone."
The theme of The Lottery is society needs to rethink their traditions. The Lottery specifically used execution as a way to diminish their "sins". The tone of The Lottery is very pastoral, it remained calm and friendly in the beginning.