The "black dot "was a symbol of sadness because of what came out of it. Nothing good came from getting the black dot and only injury and eath came from it. In the story it states that "it's Hutchinson. It's Bill." so above is a picture showing bill get the black dot and it shoes his feelings toward getting the black dot.
TONE AND THEME
"Clear and sunny with a fresh warmth of a full summer day" Line 1-2 This imagery paints a picture in our heads that the day was beautiful and that nothing could possibly ruin it. It sets a nice opening view on the story until things go downhill. It makes us believe that the story will be a nice one.
"The feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them" Paragraph 2 This figure of speech is personification because "the feeling" can't sit. They are trying to show that the children are sad and weirded out. Liberty obviously is not a common feeling to the so it really felt weird to them. The feeling felt heavy and wrong to the children.
"who is it?" "whos got it?" Line 223 This is an example of tone. It sets the tone as an a mystery. Everyone is curious and scared to see who got the black dot and who is going to get stoned. This scene keeps the readers on the edge of their seats and makes them want to keep reading to see how the story ends.