The black dot symbolizes that you will be stoned / killed. During the story the children go around and collect stones of all shapes and sizes and stack them up. By the end of the story they say how everyone gathered around in a circle and threw stones at Tessie until she died. In the story it explains how this is a tradition and how it happens every year, everyone picks a paper out of the black box and whoever gets the paper with the black dot gets stone. This shows symbolism by telling how the black dot represents death.
Tone and Theme
In the beginning of The Lottery in lines 1-3 it says "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." This creates imagery for the reader. It tells how it looked and felt outside on the morning of June 27th which makes the reader imagine and picture in their head what it was like that day.
After everyone picks the slips of paper out the black box to see if they got the paper with the black dot (which means they would get stoned). Tessie found out that she got the slip of paper with the black dot in it. When she found out she kept on repeating the line "It's not fair" "It's not fair". This shows repetition because she kept on repeating the sentence "It's not fair".
The tone for The Lottery is mysterious because through the story it explains how stoning people is a tradition it then goes on to how it was time to pick the slips from the black box for that year and through a lot of the story you wonder who is going to get the slip with the black dot and is going to get stoned. The theme for the story is you get what you do to others because for most of Tessie's life she has been stoning people and this one year she gets the paper that has the black dot on it and is going to get stoned.