The Lottery and Other Stories

Questions: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

8. Examine the symbolism in the story. Comment on the significance of the following:

e) the shabbiness of the balck box

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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.