The black dot represents the winner of the lottery. It is an ironic symbol because a normal lottery is supposed to express a happy and festive time. The villager’s lottery is the promise of death. “Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper out of her hand. It had a black spot on it” (Jackson 3). Bill Hutchinson wife’s traumatic destiny by how she did not want to lose the lottery. “Indeed she focuses on the unde...
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