I picked the lottery for a symbol. I picked the lottery for a symbol because in the story, the lottery represents tradition. Every year the town gets together and they have the black box, pick names and sheets of paper out of it and in the end someone gets stoned to death. I know this because in lines 54-56 the author describes, "The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born." This quote is explaining how the lottery was tradition in the town because they had been doing it ever since the oldest man in town was born.
Tone and Theme
The image I picked was the setting in the beginning of the story. The setting of the story started off with describing the weather as sunny and clear with the green grass and flowers. I picked this because the way the author the author describes the setting, the readers can perfectly imagine the clear blue sky, the flowers, and the grass. According to the text the author states on lines 1-3, "was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of the full-summer day: the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." This quote is describing the setting with the flowers, grass, and the sun shining.
The figure of speech that I picked is foreshadowing. In beginning of the story when the children were already filling up their pockets with stones before the lottery even started, it foreshadowed the part where they stone a person to death. Later in their story readers realize the reason for filling for pockets with stones is so that they could stone someone to death when the person who had the dot on their piece of paper would get to stone death. An example from the text is when the author writes in lines 15-16, "Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example." This quote is proving that the children were filling their pockets with stones foreshadowing the stone death.
The tone throughout the story was very suspenseful. Everyone in the town was excited and very cheery about the lottery happening that day and everyone seemed to be enjoying that day, but the lottery and the purpose wasn't revealed to the very end. The author talked a lot about how the lottery was tradition and that they had to get started, but never revealed to the very end that at the end of the lottery a person was going to get stoned to death. An example from the text is when the author writes in lines 3-6, "The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank.....lottery took two days." This quote is explaining how the author doesn't describe that the lottery is/what happens in the beginning and later. One of the themes of the story was tradition isn't always good. I thought this was one of the themes of story because they stoned a person of their family town just because it was tradition and also didn't think twice about it. According to the text the author describes in line 118, "Mrs. Dunbar had small tones n both hands." This is showing how Mrs. Dunbar didn't really want to kill her but it was tradition so she did it anyways, which is bad and showing not all traditions are good.