"Its not the way it used to be. People ain't the way they used to be"
Pack of crazy fools. listening to the young folks, nothing good enough for them
"They do say, that over in the north village they're talking of giving up the lottery"
"The box grew shabbier each year; by now it was no longer competly black but splinted...."
"....to show the original wood color, and in some places faded or stained"
figures of speech
"She tapped Mrs. Delacroix on the arm as a farewell."
I chose Old Man Warner for my symbol because he represents keeping up, and valuing tradition. He firmly believes in continuing the lottery each year despite the other towns people questioning the ongoing tradition. The tradition of killing one person in the town a year started before he was born and he feels that they should continue with it.
"It isn't fair, it isn't fair"
The old, rotting black box is the perfect example of imagery. You can get a perfect picture in your head when Shirley describes the box to be getting "shabbier each year; now it was no longer black but splinted." I can envision a beaten-up, coarse wooden box whose paint is crumbling and chipped with her detailed description.
The figure of speech i pulled from the article was the metaphor "she tapped Mrs. Delacroix on the arm as a farewell." Right before Tessie weaves her way through the crowd to be with her family, she greets Mrs. Delacroix. Tessie taps her arm as a farewell before the drawing commences, and possibly a farewell to their friendship forever.
The theme fate is referenced through out the story. The towns people do not know if they will pick the unlucky piece of paper with the black dot of death. They are clueless to wether they will leave the lottery alive or be stoned to death. "It isn't fair, it isn't fair, Mrs. Hutchinson screamed. Then everyone was upon her"