Analysis Of All Summer In A Day

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Imagine living on a planet where it constantly rains. In the story, “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury, a group of scientists and their children live on the planet Venus. Margot, a nine year old that has lived on Venus for some time (but wasn’t born there), stands apart from the rest of the children due to her memory of the sun. Margot was born on Earth, and remembers her experiences with the sun - how it feels like on her skin, how it looks like, etc. The rest of the children, having known nothing but the constant rain and gloom on Venus, single her out because of this. Since the children are in denial (disbelieving) of Margot’s ideas and experiences regarding the sun, this causes them to be jealous of her. The author portrays this theme in various ways throughout the story - by signifying the children’s harassment, isolation, and ignorance of Margot. One way the author expresses the children’s jealousy of Margot is by using certain craft moves. Throughout the story, he uses descriptive language to show how cruelly they are treating her (harassing her). As said in the story, “they caught her up and bore her, protesting, and then pleading, and then crying, back into a tunnel, a room, a closet, where they slammed and locked the door….then, smiling, they turned and went out back down the tunnel, just as the teacher arrived (p. 3, sect. 1, lines 6-15).” To add on, one of the children (William) pushes her around whenever he feels like it. One example of this is when

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