The Lottery and Other Stories

The stones are mentioned five times near the beginning of the story and then five or six times more at the end. Why is their presence so important?

The question is from " The lottery" by shirley jacson

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At the beginning of the story, the piles of stones look like boy play things. By the end of the story the stones take on a more menacing meaning, they are used to throw at the "winner" of the lottery.

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