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  • You can't do that!
  • As Tessie Hutchinson opened up the piece of paper that she pulled from the box she was soon engulfed in fear and then stones. From lines 322-324 Tessie yells "It isn't fair" as she gets bombarded with stones. The dot on the piece of paper could've determined anyone's fate but Tessie was the lone who's fate was determined. The dot on the piece of paper represents fate.
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  • The summer began and kids just got off for vacation. From lines 1-29 it states that "The sky was clear and sunny" it also states that "The women wearing faded dresses and sweaters, came shortly after their menfolk". It gives a descriptive imagery of the town, the people and the weather. 
  • From lines 261-263 Mr. Graves grabbed several pieces of paper that ended up getting dropped onto the ground and "the breeze caught them and lifted them off" from the ground. This signifies that the wind id picking up the paper as if they, the person, was helped or "lifted" off of the ground. This gives the wind and paper human like characteristics as if one is helping the other up which results in personification. 
  • The theme of "The Lottery" is about following old traditions blindly. As the town people gather for the drawing only one person is known to actually have knowledge of these lottery traditions. Everyone else is blindly following what that person remembers and not questioning it due to it being "Tradition". This is seen throughout the book towards the end.
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