Mr.Summers can be seen as a symbol for the angel of death. Mr.Summers is extremely dedicated to the towns social events,one of them being the annual "lottery". Not only does he actually prepare the box for the special day, he also was the one who implemented slips of paper instead of wood chips. To add on he's been sworn in as the offical and is the one who calls the people to choose a slip of paper which could possibly lead them to their demise.
TONE AND THEME
On line 221-222 it says "For a minute, no one moved and then all the slips of paper were opened. Suddenly all of the women began to speak". In the sentence, it creates an image of the town anxiously waiting to see who got the black dot. It specifically emphasizes the sounds you would hear. For example,the women of the town nervously asking their husband is they got the dot and talking to each other to see who has been picked.
The figure of speech I chose was irony. On lines 229-230 it says "Tessie Hutchinson shouted to Mr.Summers, "You didn't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn't fair!". " Which lead to line 332-334 " "It's Tessie," Mr.summers said...Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper of her hand. It had a black dot on it". It's ironic that Tessie was extremely angry that Mr.Summers rushed her husband when he was picking his paper and then she ended up being the one to get a black dot.
TONE = ANXIETY / ANXIOUS, Shirley Jackson writes "For a minute, no one moved and then all the slips of paper were opened. Suddenly all of the women began to speak at once, saying, "who is it?", "who's got it?", "Is it the Dunbars?," "Is it the Watsons?" " In this sentence, you can sense how anxious all the townspeople are. You can sense they were nervous by how they abruptly started speaking and looking around asking who received the slip of paper with a black dot on it.