The Elements of Fantasy and Horror

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The elements of fantasy and horror blend together perfectly to create an unforgettable series of events. An example of dark fantasy is Something Wicked This Way Comes, the novel by Ray Bradbury that tells the story of two young boys, Jim and Will, who discover the secret of a mysterious traveling carnival. The magical carnival has many temptations, including a frightening mirror maze and a carousel that changes one’s age. However, its allure only causes one to fall into the clutches of the ringmaster, Mr. Dark, an illustrated man who tattoos each person bound to the carnival in servitude onto his skin. Along with Will’s father Charles, the boys set out to investigate and destroy the soul-sucking attraction. They eventually defeat the…show more content…
Despite this imbalance at certain times, life still endures and goes on. The use of Jim and Will as symbols in the novel Something Wicked This Way Comes contributes to the theme that is inferred. Bradbury also uses symbols like Charles to help him prove his theme. To begin with, Charles emphasizes the theme because he is a symbol of good. When Mr. Dark poses as the nine-year-old Jed in an attempt to lure him away, he claims that Charles seems evil; Charles replies, “Evil? Strange hearing that from you, Jed. Good to evil seems evil. So I will do only good to you, Jed, I will simply hold your hand and watch you poison yourself” (275). This clearly infers that Mr. Dark thinks Charles appears evil only because good seems evil to him; therefore, this states that Charles is good. Furthermore, Charles appears in the novel Something Wicked This Way Comes as symbolism of good that struggles against an outside evil force, which defines the theme that life endures through the constant struggle of good versus evil. He obviously demonstrates this enough times throughout the novel as he fights against wickedness to triumph. During a particular resistance against the Dust Witch in the library, Charles “did not see. He was far too busy letting the joke rush through his fingers, letting hilarity spring forth of its own volition along his throat, eyes squeezed shut; there it flew, whipping shrapnel in all directions.” (229). When
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