The author is very desccriptive, telling us about the blossoming flowers, green grass and the warmth of a summer day.This gives us a sense of warmth, and peace.
People, instead of laughing and joking, stood silently away from the pile of rocks, which gives it a mysterious mood. Why would people not be happy about a lottery? A lottery usually brings happiness and money. People should be full of excitement instead of looking somber.
When we find out that the person who draws the marked paper,('winning the lottery') is to be stoned to death, we find out that the lottery is something more gruesome than we imagined. The author captures this with the line "Mrs.Delacroix selcted a stone so large that she had to pick it up with boht hands.."This gives us a feeling of dread and the feeling of it being ominous.
The black box had been in use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in the town was born. Although it was falling apart, people did not want to change it, becuase they didn't want to upset traditon. This is a symbol/represents tradtion. It is something that people are sure of, even though some of the other rituals that are supposed to be done is unclear to them.
In the beginning of the story, the author is very descriptive about the day, sayong that it is"Clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusley and the grass was richly green"This descriptive language gives us an image in our head, of a beautiful summer day.
In a way, the title itself is a metaphor. A lottery usually is good and is joyous for the winner. But in this case, this lottery brings sadness and death. So, we think it means something but it is actually the other,