In the Lottery the black box with stands a significant symbol in the story. The reader understands that the box is very old from the quote "The box grew shabbier every year". the fact that the box is so old reflects on the boxes symbolic meaning to the town. Due to the utilization of the box for the lottery, it is obvious that it is an important part of the tradition that involves death. If a person is selected with a black dot they face a stoning. Therefore fear and tradition are the symbols of the story are fear and tradition.
Tone and Theme
The following picture depicts the setting of the lottery. The book uses imagery through text such as "The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green". The following provides us with a general understanding of when the story takes place and how peaceful the town is currently.
The figurative language in this story is irony. The story is ironic due to the peaceful day and simplistic beauty of a summer day ending in a brutal death. The photo depicts this figurative languge through Tessie dying while the townsfolk carrying on their day. This picture covers the irony due to tessie slowly bleeding out in broad daylight.
The tone of the story is very eerie. The story is eerie due to the peaceful pace, then the depressive ending involving the death of Tessie Hutchinson. The theme on the other hand is to keep traditions the same or else there may be severe consequences. The photo I have created shows the proponent Tessie facing death due to her rebellion.