My symbol is the pile of rocks the kids create. They created this pile so everyone can have a rock to stone the lottery winner. This symbolizes death and relief. For the winner fo the lottery it symbolizes death. To everyone else it symbolizes relief that they didn't win and won't die.
Tone and Theme
At the end of the story, imagery is used to describe the stoning of Tessie Hutchinson and the events leading up to it. An example reads "Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of the cleared space now, and she held her hands out desperately... A stone hit her on the side of the head. This is imagery because it creates an image of the people throwing rocks at Tessie whileshe begs for mercy.