Analysis of Bradbury's Dandelion Wine

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Dandelion Wine

After reading Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, I became more aware of the magic of summer and what it means to truly live. The novel gave me a new perspective of thee idea that life is like summer where you’re alive and feel free, but how it sadly doesn't last forever. The novel opened me up to the idea of looking at person’s mental age instead of their physical age. The novel follows the path of Douglas, a twelve-year-old boy living in Green Town, Illinois. In the novel, Douglas strives to enjoy his summer and to live his life to its fullest. In his adventuring, he becomes more aware of the nature of the world and tries to make sense of life and death. At the same time, Douglas sees people as “machines” that serve a
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Douglas is crushed by John’s news, and he deals with the loss of his friend by getting angry with John. Afterwards, Colonel Freeleigh dies, and Douglas feels a great loss. He comes to realize that the colonel’s legacy has died with him. As August starts, Douglas begins to lose his enthusiasm in summer. However, his grandfather is able to raise his spirits with dandelion wine. The dandelion wine that he makes with his brother Tom and his grandfather represents the spirit of summer that Douglas loves so much. Eventually the thought of death begins to haunt Douglas. He witnesses the brief relationship between Bill Forrester and ninety-five-year-old Helen Loomis. Although their ages are far apart, they talk together every day for weeks, as if seems that their minds are perfect for each other, although it ends when Miss Loomis dies. In the end, Douglas comes to terms with death and that summer is coming to an end although he reflects on what he’s observed throughout the summer and looks on never forgetting the magic of life that summer brings through the power of dandelion wine.
I found Ray Bradbury’s novel really eye-opening. I thought the parallel of people with machines along with the parallel of life and summer to be engaging. When I was first reading Dandelion Wine, I thought it was it was going to be primarily about Douglas summer and his childish adventures. However, I was glad to find that the novel

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