I chose the black box because it is probably the biggest symbol in the story and the whole lottery would'nt take place without it. The slips of paper (one of which has the dot) are drawn out of this box, it symbolizes great fear and a sudden end. With about 300 people living in the town they feel the need to hold an annual lottery to choose who has to die as a form of population control. On line 164, it states "They grinned at one another humorlessly and nervously." This was when the first citizen was about to reach into the box, the citizens have no way of knowing who it will be and the black box is what decides, that's why they're so nervous and why it is so feared.
Tone and Theme
* silence filled the air *
I also chose the black box as my imagery. As the text states on line 66-67, the box was "the original wood color, and in some places faded or stained." This kind of puts an image in your head of how old it must be, the lottery has taken place at the same time every year since who knows when and they have used the same box the whole time. In the text the characters talk about how it grows shabbier every year. To me this means get a new box or its a sign to end the old tradition.
I chose anaphora as my figure of speech. On line 170-173, Mrs. Delacroix says, "seems like theres no time at all between lotteries anymore... seems like we got through with the last one only last week." This is just used to create emphasis on how the characters feel about the lottery.
On line 219, the text states "after that, there was a long pause, a breathless pause." I think that this kind of sets a hesitant tone. The characters are nervious and silent. They dont really want to face thir fate and have no words.