The Lottery and Other Stories

are there any symbols in the story?why is the 'black box'battered, for example?


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There is much symbolism in the story. The box used to symbolize part of an ornate tradition that was linked to the lottery. Its shabby condition tells us that the meanings and cultural importance of the lottery has died away. The only part of the once elaborate festivities that remains is the lottery and subsequent murder of the victim.