The stones are a symbol in this story. The stones symbolize a weapon. The stones were being used to throw at Tessie when she had recieved the paper with the black dot. In the story line 324 it states "A stone hit her on the side of the head." This quote shows that the stones were being thrown at Tessie and being used as weapons. That is how the stones are a symbol in this story.
Tone and theme
A form of imagery in this story is line 17 when is says "Smoothest and roundest stone." This form of imagery is being used to describe the types of stones that are selected for the lottery. This line also gives a description on the type of stones the people use to kill Tessie. That is a form of imagey used in the story.
One of the figures of speech used in this story is a ad hominem. On line 259 Tessie says "i tell you it wasnt fair". This is a ad hominem because Tessie is saying this based on her biased opinion and how she believes it isnt right. Tessie said this because she didnt like the fact that her family was picked so she tried to use anything to protest. That is one of the figures of speech used in this story.
The tone of this story is mysterious because no one knows what the lottery really is and what is the real meaning of the black box. Throughout some of the story no one really knows what to think of the lottery. The theme of this story is that traditions are hard to get rid of once started. The reason for this is because the people of the village seem to be mindlessly following this deadly tradition each year and remaining faithful to it despite the fact that they dont even mention a orgin. That is the tone and theme of this story.