In this scene, the black box is a symbol for death. People are nervous and scared for who is going to be picked. The stones in the corner also play as a symbol of death.
T-Tone & theme
In the text, it says, "Mrs.Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her." This is an example of imagery because we can identify it through the sense of hearing. Because the author includes descriptive details, readers can identify an image to go along with the story.
In the beginning of the short story, the children just got out of school, but they aren't as happy as kids are usually are when summer comes. Lines 12-13 of the story say, "The feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them; they tended to gather quietly..." This is an example of personification because liberty cannot literally sit. The children are nervous because this time means the lottery is soon to happen.
Throughout The Lottery, many citizens of the town weren't in the happiest mood. Due to the event happening this day, many were left with a feeling of uneasiness. This created a gloomy and tense tone. The theme of the story is tradition. The lottery focuses on the tradition held by many towns and how they are starting to banish it. In this town, the people are holding on to tradition and letting in run their lives.