The black box, This represents the lottery and the event that is about to take place. The box is a symbol of fear for the killing of friend or family The stones, The stone symbolize the thin line between life and death for these people, because the stones the kids play with will all kill someone eventually.
The kid lives
"Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her." "The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o'c1ock."
One example of irony is when they/ draw their slips out of the box and start to be terrified. Because of the title "The Lottery," you believe it to be a positive connotation and you would want to win. However the irony comes as they begin to become afraid of what the paper slips ensue. Simile- "The lottery was conducted-as were the square dances, the teenage club, the Halloween program-by Mr. Summers, who had time and energy to devote to civic activities."
"Mr. Graves opened the slip of paper and there was a general sigh through the crowd as he held it up and everyone could see that it was blank." - optimistic: hopeful, cheerful . "It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her. " - bitter: exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief