“The people of the village began to gather in the square, around ten o’clock ; in some towns the lottery took two days but in this village the lottery took less than two hours.” Page 1 The lottery represents the action and behavior that has been passed down from the people in the town from the eldest man. The lottery has been taking place in the village for as long as anyone can remember. It is a annual ritual that no one has thought to question.
“While waiting for the lottery to begin, the townspeople quietly talk and joke; cry and pray.” Page 2 This represents the emotions of all the people who are participating in the lottery. Some are scared, nervous, and some are very calm and assuming they won’t be chosen.
“Bobby Martin already stuffed his pockets with stones and the other children did as well.” Page 2 The stones represent the pain and death that will be bestowed upon the person who has the black dot on their paper. The children are gathering stones to get ready to be thrown at the person who has the black dot.
“Mr.Summers arrived in the square he was carrying the black wooden box.” Page 3 The black wooden box represents the tradition of the lottery. It represents that not much has changed since the lottery was formed, which was for as long as the people can remember.
“Mr. Martin and his oldest son, Baxter, held the black box securely on the stool until Mr. Summers had stirred the papers thoroughly with his hand.” Page 4 The slips of paper represented who would be chosen from the lottery and who would be stoned by the people of the town.
“”Some places have quit the lottery,” Mrs. Adams said. “Nothing but trouble in that,” Old Man Warner said.” Page 9 This represents the town’s long lasting tradition in the lottery. Old Man Warner is the eldest person in the town and everyone knows he has been helping keep the lottery going for a very long time.
“ Used to be a saying ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon’ “ Page 11 We feel that they include this because there has always been a lottery and nothing has ever change.
“Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper out of her hand. It had a black spot on it.” Page 17 The black spot means that whoever has it will be stoned by the people of the town.
“ “It’s Tessie,” Mr. Summers said, and his voice was hushed. “Show us her paper Bill.” Page 17 Tessie represents the person who blindly picked the paper with the black dot on it and must be stoned. This is one of the traditions that they kept from the lottery that was formed so long ago.
“The children had their stones all ready for the lottery to be complete” Page 17 This represents that even the children were part of the stoning of the unlucky person with the black dot on their paper.