The Black Dot shows the destiny of Mrs. Hutchinson. Everyone chose their slips of papers and her husband, Mr. Hutchinson got the black dot on his slip of paper but then Mrs. Hutchinson had to yell out that it wasn't fair. So the whole Hutchinson family went to draw and finally got the black dot.
Tone and Theme
" The flowers were blossoming profusely and the frass was richly green." That is one of the imagery used in "The Lottery" to show what the setting looks like. Also it helps with the plots twist at the end because it should look all innocent at first but then at the end it should turn into something tragic or evil.
This shows repitition because of how Mrs. Hutchinson says that its not fair for someone to die every year. Either way no one even payed attention to her at all because they have been used to doing this for so many years. But its also because Old Man Warner was telling them to do so and the obeyed because he is the longest living competitor.
The black box gives the tone a suspenseful feel after they say that its been used so many years that now the paint is chipping off. Like it says in the book "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, and in some places faded or stained." This shows how long the tradition is to do this, and then you start to wonder, why has it lasted so long with no one complaining about it?