All Summer in a Day
In the short story “All summer in a Day”, Ray Bradbury creates sympathy for the main character, Margo, in many ways. One way is by creating tension in the story by using different techniques. He uses various sentence lengths; short sentences for a jerky rhythm and long sentences to include a lengthy description and build the scene up. Short sentences create tension because they make the reader pause and this then unnerves them. An example of Ray Bradbury using this is when, towards the end of the story, he writes “They crowded to the huge door”, this creates tension also as it creates mystery and wonder.
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He also creates tension by using speech without using any preposition or verb, this keeps the conversation flowing and makes it more sudden, building tension by making the story more realistic and makes the reader feel involved and in the room. Bradbury uses this many times; one example is at the start of the story when the children are saying, “”Ready?” “Ready.” “Now?” “Soon.””, this lets you feel involved in the conversation and creates tension by not telling what they are talking about. Another way is that Margo is shown as the protagonist in the story, which makes the audience automatically feel sorry for her and sympathise, therefore creating tension in the story.
Margot is also set up as an outsider, by her having an obvious difference from the other children; this makes us feel sympathy for her. This is shown when Ray Bradbury writes, “Margot stood apart from them, from these children who could ever remember a time when there wasn’t rain and rain and rain and rain.” in this Margot is very early on an outcast. Lastly, he creates tension, therefore causing the reader to feel sympathy for Margot, by in the storyline making the reader wonder what will happen to Margot and will she get escape from the cupboard.
Secondly, Ray Bradbury makes you feel sympathy for Margot, by the way he writes her character and her storyline. He writes about her as a victim of bullying, which makes the audience straight away feel sympathy for her, because it is a large part of everyday life that everybody recognizes as a bad thing. He places her as an outsider in all the activities that the children do, for many reasons, such as she used to live on earth, she has experienced sun continuously, she doesn’t join in with the games they play and she doesn’t know when to keep quiet and when to talk. This makes people feel sympathy for her as they can feel empathy for her and they can know how she feels.
Also, Bradbury makes the other characters fear her because she is different and again this allows the reader to feel empathy for how she feels. Another way that Bradbury makes you feel sympathy is by taking away the one thing that is important to Margot, so she will even more vulnerable and fragile. The message’s of this story is: to show the issues of climate change and show a drastic consequence of polluting the earth, by showing people having to move away from earth and to a planet that always rains; to show the idea of prejudice against immigrants by putting Margot as the immigrant. He also shows this message in a simple way which clearly displays the prejudice in a child’s way and exaggerated format.
Lastly, another way that Bradbury allows you to feel sympathy for Margot in the story is by using different language techniques. He uses different kinds of figurative languages, such as similes and metaphors, an example of a metaphor is, “the endless shaking down of clear bead necklaces”, he uses this to describe the rain; this creates sympathy as it adds description and interest. The use of similes and metaphors also helps the reader to picture the scene and see the setting that the writer is trying to convey from the image he sees in his head.
Ray Bradbury also uses short sentences that are broken up with descriptive passages, this helps to make the events more significant. He collectively groups all the other children as well, as “they”, this creates sympathy as you feel as though they are all against her and she is very alone with no one to support her. The narrator comes across as very biased also, mainly towards Margot, as though he is on her side, because he describes her physique in a sympathetic manner, by saying she is “frail” and the rain had “washed out the blue from her eyes”.
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