What are some literary devices in "The Lottery"?

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The author also uses symbolism. The black box into which the slips of paper are inserted is symbolic of fate and of the bizarre traditions the town follows. Though the black box is worn and shabby, the townspeople do not want to replace it. Jackson writes, "no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box." The black box represents the townspeople's stubborn clinging to traditions that don't make sense and that are, in fact, brutal. The stones are also symbolic of the hate that the townspeople direct to each other. For example, Jackson writes, "Mrs. Delacroix selected a stone so large she had to pick it up with both hands." The stones that people hurl at the victim are large, suggesting that the townspeople are filled with animosity. 

The author also uses alliteration , or beginning words with the same sound. Examples are "tractors and taxes" and "black box." The use of alliteration makes these words eerily rhythmical and memorable, and the phrase "black...

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