In the story "The Lottery" the black box is a huge symbol. The black box represents the lottery and death. Black is a color that really symbolizes death, like when you go to a funeral you wear black. Also, a box could represents death because when someone dies you put them in a coffin which is like a big box. It represents the lottery because that's the thing that holds the slips that determines who wins the lottery or not.
Tone and Theme
This picture represents imagery because when your reading the text you can imagine the boys making a pile of stones. According to line 19-20 "...eventually made a pile of stone in one corner of the square..." Many teenage boys from the town had put stones in their pockets to take them to one corner of the square. They eventually made a big pile of stones.
On lines 324 and 328 Tessie says "It isn't fair. ...it isn't fair, it isn't right." This shows the figurative language of repetition. Tessie repeats these lines because she thinks it isn't fair how she's going to get killed because of the lottery. The town has the tradition of doing "the lottery" every year and whoever gets the black dot on their paper gets stoned to death. Tessie thinks this isn't fair since she's the one who got chosen.
The tone of the story is suspense because at the beginning of the story you don't know what your going to win if you do win the lottery. Also, when you do find out that who ever "wins" they're going to be killed but you don't know who that person is going to be. The theme of the story is death. Names are even surrounded by death like, Mr.graves his name just speaks death and it's ironic how the story starts with a beautiful summer day but ends in death and gloominess.