There is symbolism about the tradition depicted in the oldness and greyness of the box, specifically the texture. On line 65-67 the text states, "the black box grew shabbier each year; by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one side to show the original wood color." The tradition of the lottery has not died out yet like in the other villages and has been thriving for many generations.
Tone and Theme
I chose a scene full of flowers blooming for depicting imagery because the setting of the story had rich details describing the nice weather and the vegetation. According to the text, "The flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green" (Line 1-2). The newly bloomed flowers are signaling the start of an age long tradition that the village still performs every year.
The juxtaposition is served by the tradition being called the lottery which you normally correlate with good fortune, but it is actually the day the lottery winner is the person to be sacrificed for that year. I know this because according to page 34, "A stone hit the side of her head" immediately right after she was chosen. Tessa Hutchinson had screamed out in unfairness after winning the lottery which is completely the opposite of what you do when you win a typical lottery.
The tone of the story is very neutral and seems to be like a regular day. The author states that "School was recently over for the summer, and the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them; they tended to gather quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play." Even Jesse Hutchinson almost forgets about the lottery held that day. The happy day and nice weather seemed ordinary until the author lets you realize the truth of the lottery.