There is lots of symbolism going on in this cell. The black box, slips of paper, and stones represent death. Also, the lottery as a whole symbolizes the tradition of the village.
THE LOTTERY IS THIS WAY
Imagery comes in a couple different forms in this cell. Visually, flowers are blooming as said in lines 2-3. Also, Tessie's screaming about her unfair death of stoning by her village in lines 323-324 is a type of sound. Both of these details contribute to the story's imagery.
Who will be chosen?
Figurative language is seen all over the story, but there are a few specific ones in this cell. The title of the event, "The Lottery" is quite ironic because although in our reality everyone wants to win the lottery for money, nobody wants to when the lottery because it means death for the participant. Also on lines 12-13 "Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys followed" foreshadows the girl being stoned to death later on in the story.
GOOD LUCK - MR.SUMMERS
I hope it's not me..
(line is separating tone from theme) The tone is tense, because everyone is wondering who will get picked and hoping it's not them. I believe the theme is that just because it's a tradition, it doesn't make it right. This is because the author emphasizes how much pain The Lottery caused to the chosen one and her family, and also how they verbally expressed that it wasn't fair.