In the story "The Lottery" the black box and the stones symbolize death. The black box is where they kept the paper that the people pick for the event to know if they will die or not. The stones are used to kill the person who receives the black dot on the paper.
TONE AND THEME
"Tessie Hutchinson was at the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her." This shows imagery because you can picture the events occuring during this time. The words she say you can sense that shes afraid for her life.
A figurative language used in the story was irony even the title itself shows irony. When you read the title "The Lottery" you expect the story to be about something good or having a good ending. However in this case The Lottery shows death instead of us thinking they were to win something.
The tone of the story was intense, when readers realized that the lottery wasn't so good we were eager to know what happened next. The theme was tradition and how to them it is always important to have tradition so their population in the village won't become over populated.
WE THE PEOPLE OF THIS VILLAGE MUST ALWAYS FOLLOW TRADITION