I choose stones as a major symbol because it symbolizes as a weapon. The villagers used the stones as a tool to kill the chosen one. Stones are used in this story very often.
Line 48-49 "The villagers kept their distance, leaving space between themselves and the stool." The villagers are keeping themselves from the box so they won't know who has the slip of paper with the black dot. They are giving space for Mr.Summers as well since he is indeed the one who picks and gives the slip of paper too.
Hyperbole, line 19 "Eventually made a great pile of stones." They created a pile of stones due to the fact that they are using those stones to kill the person chosen. Those stones are used by each villager participating in the lottery. The stones are use as a weapon to commit a murder.
Tone- calm/strange- everybody was calm throughout the whole story. They wasn't surprised at the fact that someone was going to die at the end of the story. Everybody's vibe was extremely strange and weird.