Adam Choquette Period 7 Honors English II Mr. Coulter October 28, 2015 A Comparative Analysis of Bradbury’s Style As Seen in Something Wicked This Way Comes and Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury was an American author who many argue revolutionized the concept of science fiction writing. Many SF writers commend technology, yet Bradbury is quick to vocalize the danger of it. He is not afraid of conforming to the regular standards of science fiction and is not afraid to voice his thoughts about technology. The story of Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel where futuristic ‘firemen’ burn books. The title mentions the number 451 which is the degree at which books burn. Bradbury portrays immense government control while technology is ruining the lives of individuals. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a novel about two boys, Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade who encounter a carnival led by the cryptic Mr. Dark, who has the mysterious power to grant people their innermost desire. Bradbury does not credit his style to one individual or group. He once said, “In writing, you operate on yourself and save yourself.” He incorporates a vast amount of figurative language and stylistic devices into his works including dichotomy, which differentiates him from other authors.
In both Something Wicked This Way Comes and Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury employs a variety of different dichotomies, most notably the comparison of light versus dark. In Something Wicked, this comparison is most