Listening to the young folks, nothing's good enough for them...seventy-seventh year I've been in the lottery.
In this picture, we can address two symbols from the lottery. Mr. Warner believes it is traditional and necessary to have the lottery; and doesn't want anything to change. This symbolizes traditions reflected in the lottery. On the stool, we see the black box; which symbolizes death. When the box is seen by the people, they know what it brings. The black box is a symbol of what the lottery brings to the people; which is death.
Tone and Theme
In the first paragraph of the story, the author describes the environment and the setting of June 27th. "....was clear and sunny...the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green". By using these phrases, the reader can develop an image in their mind.
The figure of speech shown in this picture is foreshadowing. Very early in the story, the author says, "Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones". At the time, the reader has no idea what the rocks are for, but we can assume that they will be used in the story.
In the picture, we see Tessie being attacked by the villagers. The tone shown through this story and picture is dark and eerie. The author imposes the symbol of death very often and gives the story a dark sense. The theme is blindly following tradition causes danger. The villagers are taught to not question the lottery; stick with tradition. In this image, Tessie trying to speak her opinion about the lottery, but no change is made in the opinions of the other villagers.