In "the lottery" the opening scene gives off a joyous and serene vibe, containing the gathering of stones by children. I picked stones to be a key symbol in the story because the stones are perceived as innocent at first, but as the story progresses the meaning of the stones take on a dark tone, as they are used to execute a person. "The children has stones already, and someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles"line 311-2, this line proves that the villagers don't mind that the children know about the killing and, in fact, encourage it. Which symbolizes that all innocence is lost.
In the lottery there is an example of Imagery in lines 262-3 "Dropped all the papers but those onto the ground where the breeze caught them and lifted them off". I believe this segment contains visual and sensory details. I can imagine the feeling of the breeze and seeing the papers scatter against the wind in multiple directions.
As the actual scene of the lottery commenced the air was full of anticipation and underlying excitement. This opens an opportunity for Mrs. Delacroix and Mrs. Graves to have a conversation that consists of two pieces of figures of speech . " Seems like there's no time at all between lotteries anymore" line 170 and "Seems like we got through with the last one only last week" line 171-2. These two sections of text taken out of the story correlate with the figure of speech hyperbole because both women exaggerate the time between the two events. The women's purpose was to express how they felt the time between the two lotteries was very brief even though they are always twelve months apart.
In the story "the lottery" by Shirley Jackson,I chose the overall theme to be: humankind may follow blindly if others think it is correct. I believe that this theme fits perfectly with this story because in lines 200-4 Mrs. Adams and Old man Warner are having a conversation about the lottery and it reads "Theres always been a lottery" said Old Man Warner "Some places have already quit the lottery" said Mrs. Adams "nothing but trouble in that... pack of young fools" said Old Man Warner, ending the conversation. This proves that even though some people are breaking the cycle of the lottery, it has been a part of their culture for so long and they figure that it cant be unethical and wicked. Even if it involves the end of a life.