The Lottery

The Lottery
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  • stones- represent death, The stones in the story represent a deadly attack thats soon to come. In the article it says " selecting the smoothest and roundest stones."(page 25 line 17) The stones were so important to the villagers that they would make great big piles of stones that the people would pile the stones in the corner of the square and would guard it from the little boys that wanted to raid their piles. The stones stand as a symbol the represents The Lottery.
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  • The people holding the paper represents nervousness for an event. On page 30 line 183-184 " there were men holding the small folded papers in their large hands, turning them over and over nervously." Everyone picked up a small piece of paper anxiously and clinching their hands as they get ready for whats coming. The people in the story are holding the paper that includes a stone in it. The stone is what represents death and violence.
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  • The students were released and got to pick the nicest stones first which foreshadows the event to come up. The author states that " the children assembled first, of course. School was recently over for the summer, and the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them." Some of the kids have already gathered stones in their pockets. The kids had already had their stones before everyone else could and they were getting ready to attack. The kids went first while the adults were still collecting supplies like more stones.
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  • One theme for this passage is violence. The story ends with the town members throwing stones at a lady. The article says "it isn't fair she said. A stone hit her in the side of the head." The lady was mean and as for her punishment she was put to death. The Lottery is all about violence and leading up to the point of this lady's death. The Lottery is a tradition to the villagers and they have special rituals for this certain town. Back in the medieval time they had odd traditions .
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