In this board, Tessie is picking her fate for the lottery. The black box is the representation of death. The whole city has to choose from the box to determine the future for themselves. Tessie is the chosen one and she is stoned to death.
TONE AND THEME
This isn't fair!
In the book the Lottery on page 32, line 259, it says," The flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." This quote is describing how the sky was looking and how the grass was green, giving the reader a picture in their head about what it looked like that day. It really explains how the day was looking on a sad day when drawing for the lottery. Basically giving you what it looked like on the day compared to how people actually felt.
In the story on page 32, line 262, it says," Where the breeze caught them and lifted them." This line showing personification. Wind cannot literally pick up the papers and lift them up with the its 'hands'. The author putting a person like quality on the wind when it cant actually use any type of movement with hands if wind had hands.
The tone of this story is suspense because during the whole story you have to put things together, the story wont tell you strait up. That is what creates all the suspense, knowing that she gets stoned but not knowing what happens next. Bring in the theme, being that 'you choose your own fate'. This being true because nobody can tell you what to pick so its all on yourself on what you choose.