The prison cell represents how the box is controlling the towns peoples lives and minds. The box just sitting on their bed represents how it is interrupting their place of comfort. The stones in the article represent living in the moment and not worrying about the future
"The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." "He was a round-faced jovial man and he ran the coal business, and people were sorry for him, because he had no children and his wife was a scold."
"A sudden hush fell on the crowd as Mr. Summers cleared his throat and looked at the list" A hush falling on the crowd is personification because a hush, being something inanimate cant fall on the crowd. "The tall boy awkwardly through the crowd. Someone said, "Don't be nervous, Jack," and Mr. Summers said, "take your time, son" This shows irony.
Dread- "After that, there was a long pause, a breathless pause, until Mr. Summers, holding his slip of paper in the air, said, "all right, fellows," For a minute, no one moved, and then all the slips of paper were opened."
INNOCENCE- The girls stood aside, talking among themselves, looking over their shoulders at the boys, and the very small children rolled in the dust or clung to the hands of their older brothers or sisters. Soon the men began to gather, surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes. They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed.