Character Analysis Of Ray Bradbury's 'Marionettes Inc.'
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Ray Bradbury once said, “We have too many cellphones. We’ve got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.” Ray Bradbury is a world renowned short story writer who is known for bringing science fiction into modern literature and making it popular. When Bradbury was young, he was a very well-read boy and every night he would read a book which led to his inspiration for his stories. Two of his stories include, “Marionettes Inc.” from the Illustrated Man, and “The Murderer.” “Marionettes Inc.” is a short story about a man named Braling and his friend Smith who are introduced to advanced technology called marionettes. On the other hand, in “The Murderer” it is about a man named Brock who is currently in prison for killing some aspects of technology. Ray Bradbury’s unique voice is developed in his characterization, plot structure, and theme. Bradbury develops characterization in antagonists and protagonists, in both of his stories, in similar yet also different ways. In “Marionettes Inc.” Braling is the protagonist of the story and Braling Two, who is the marionette and represents technology is the antagonist. Similarly, in “The Murderer” the protagonist is considered a murderer of his time and again technology is the antagonist. In “Marionettes Inc.” Braling gets Braling Two so he can get away from his wife and go to Rio, however, Braling Two is not who he seems to be. As the story progresses Bradbury develops Braling Two,