The box in the story is probably the main symbol in this story. I think the box represents death or tragedy because every time the box is used, someone dies. The stones also represent death but I think they can be more related to pain because stoning people was how the killed the villagers.
IRONY ( FIG LANG )
The name of the story " The Lottery " is a metaphor. A lottery in real life is a drawing of numbers and who every has those numbers wins a bunch of money, but its one in a million. The name " The Lottery " is a metaphor that represents how lucky you have to be to draw a blank paper and not the one with the dot.
In the story when the author is describing the villagers circling around Tessie Hutchinson, picking up stones and talking about wanting to " make this quick " it makes me realize how this ceremony isn't their choice because of the sympathy they feel for Tessie Hutchinson. This image the author makes, makes me feel the fear that she fears and the betrayal she feels for her family because of them not trying to protect her.
This story shows irony because the lottery is normally related to great fortune, happiness and wealth. But the term " Lottery " in this story refers to being lucky enough to not die.
I think one tone in this story is reflective, because at the end of the story when Tessie is about to be killed it makes you think about her emotions and how betrayed she must feel. Another tone for this story would be gloomy because of the torture this woman is about to go through and these people know it. It has to be sad for the family because Bill Hutchinson's wife is about to be murdered, BY HIM!