"Seventy-seventh year I've been in the lottery, seventy-seventh time."
The stones represent pain and suffering. It stated in lines 222-224, it says, "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. 'It isn't fair,' she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head.
For images, the box was describe in a way I could see it and feel it. On lines 64-67, it states, "The black box grew shabbier each year; by now it was no longer completely black, but splintered badly along one side to show to show the original wood color, and in some places faded or stained."
I choose alliteration for my figure of speech. on lines 212-213, it states, "'Seventy-seventh year I've been in the lottery,' Old Man Warner said as he went through the crowd. "Seventy-seventh time.'"
The tone of the story ends up being suspenseful. Not just with the ending of the lottery, but with what the prize is and the meaning of the lottery papers.