All Summer In A Day Short Story

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We have observed two different short stories, one called “Examination Day” by Henry Slesar, and another called “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury. “Examination Day” is about how when a person becomes 12 years old they have to take an examination determining their intelligence. Anyone with an intelligence above the norm is considered unacceptable. Anyone smarter than the norm is eliminated. The story focuses on a very intelligent boy taking his Examination, and getting killed for being too smart. The story “All Summer in a Day” is about a colony on Venus that faces constant rain and the sun shining once every 7 years. The story focuses on a girl Margot, from earth who is harassed by the others on Venus since she remembers the sun being…show more content…
For example, Henry Slesar writes, “Dickie puckered his brow. ‘What makes it green, though? The grass?’ ‘Nobody knows,’ his father snapped, immediately regretted his abruptness. Later in the day, it was birthday time again… An hour later, seated by the window, he watched the sun force it’s way between the clouds. ‘Dad,’ he said, ‘how far away is the sun?’ ‘Five thousand miles,’ his father said” (1).Dickie asks his father multiple questions including what makes the grass green and how far the sun is from earth. Here Dickie is curious and asking questions about everything around him. He is seeking knowledge which one can discern from that is that the theme is to seek new knowledge. This theme is different from the other theme in “All Summer in a Day”.The theme of “Examination Day” is searching for new knowledge, while the other story’s theme is to not be jealous of others. These stories despite both having a utopia style setting, the stories do not have the same theme. The stories “Examination Day” and “All Summer in a Day” both use setting, for the most part, to change the mood and move the story along. For example, Rad Bradbury writes, “It was a nest of octopi, clustering up great arms of fleshlike weed, wavering, flowering in this brief spring. It was the color of rubber and ash, this jungle, from the many years without the sun. It was the color of stones and white cheese”(1). The author of this quote quickly changes the mood when the
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