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Transcript of The Lottery
Theme and Symbolism
Theme of the Story
The theme of the lottery is that people are reluctant to give up specific traditions especially if those traditions have been around for a long time.
The Black Box
"... and the black box now resting on the stool had bee put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born."
"-eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square..."
"A stone hit her on the side of the head. Old Man Warner was saying 'Come on, come one, everyone.'"
Theme and Symbolism
The black box being used for many years reveals that this community doesn't want to change the way that this annual lottery is ran. They rather keep the box, that is deteriorating, in use to keep the tradition as close to its roots as possible
It is apparent that the young boys usually gather the stones for the later traditional stoning of the person who is chosen from the lottery. Instead of the parents discouraging this, they allow the children to continue this potion of the tradition. Even though this is the part of the tradition that gathers the material to kill the unfortunate lottery winner.
This final symbol isn't a symbol that holds a deeper meaning. As Old Man Warner was yelling, he wasn't trying to change tradition, he was advocating for the tradition he was very accustomed to. Thus showing that some people are reluctant to give up their traditions.