"Seventy-seventh year I been in the lottery. Seventy-seventh time."
"The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green."
"Mr. Graves had selected the five slips and put them in the box and he dropped all the papers but those onto the ground, where the breeze caught them and lifted them off."
A symbol that I found in the story was the black box. The black box represents pain or, potentially, death. When the townspeople pull a paper out of the black box, they are risking being stoned by the rest of the town.
Tone and Theme
"It isn't fair, it isn't right!"
The imagery I found was, "The morning of June 27th... clear and sunny...fresh warmth of a full-summer day... flowers blossoming profusely... grass was richly green." This line describes the landscape, giving the reader something to imagine. This line also gives an impression opposite of the actual plot of the story.
An example of figurative language that I found in the story was line 262, "...where the breeze caught them and lifted them..." This is an example of personification. The line states that the wind physically lifted the papers.
The tone of the story is suspense. Suspense is built throughout the story because the author does not directly state what is occuring until the end.