The size of the rock people used to kill Tessie Hutchinson symbolized the love or hatred they had for her. In the novel it says " Mrs.Delacroix selected a stone so large she had to pick it up with both both hands ... someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles(lines315-321). Mrs.Delacroix must've dislike Tessie because while she had a large stone going faster than her friend with a few pebbles, Tessie's son only had little tiny rocks.
Tone and Theme
This story makes you imagine how it's like being in every scene. There is a myriad of sensory words all over the book. One of the most descriptive ones is in the beginning where it states "it's clear and sunny with fresh warmth of a full summer day" in lines 1-5. They describe the activities going on in the town during the day with each individual group with specific detail.
This story uses a lot of writing devices to make it alluring. Verisimilitude is a type of figurative language used in this text a lot.Verisimilitude is when an author takes a fictional story and put real life elements. In lines 11-12 it states that "school was recently over for the summer" This line is showing that it's a normal town even though they stone people annually. This author uses verisimilitude in this story to give the reader a false sense of normalcy.
This story has many messages spread throughout it. One of the most apparent themes is that everything is not as it seems. Through out all of the story the towns people act normal. They chat it up,the children are playing the man are complaining about work,they draw,and each name is called. It does not differ from normal life till Tessa starts screaming and is murdered, Everyone acted normal like it was a common part of life and there as nothing to see.