What is the imagery in "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury?Give quotes and examples from the story.

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“All Summer in a Day” is the story of a group of children on Venus who gang up on a girl named Margot.  The story uses imagery to describe the setting and the characters.  Imagery helps drive home the theme of victimization.

Imagery is descriptive language that appeals to the five senses and the reader’s imagination to create a mental image for the reader.

Since the story takes place on the planet Venus, it is important for imagery to describe it.  The first thing that needs to be established is the prevalence of rain.  Bradbury uses repetition of the word “thousands” to make the reader feel the overwhelming presence of rain. 

[Thousands] upon thousands of days compounded and filled from one end to the other with rain, with the drum and gush of water, with the sweet crystal fall of showers and the concussion of storms so heavy they were tidal waves come over the islands.

He also uses imagery to reinforce the theme of isolation on the planet Venus. 

 A thousand forests had been crushed under the rain and grown up a thousand times to be crushed again. And this was the way life was forever on the planet Venus

People, described as “rocket men” live on Venus in a very isolated way.  Not only are they removed from earth, they also never get to see the sun and are closed in by rain.

Simile, a type of figurative imagery, is used to describe the children.

The children pressed to each other like so many roses, so many weeds, intermixed, peering out for a look at the hidden sun.

The children are compared to roses, and then weeds.  This foreshadows their lack of individualism, since they act as a mob, and demonstrates how they look innocent but are actually not.

Margot is different from the other kids.  Imagery in the story sets her apart.

She was a very frail girl who looked as if she had been lost in the rain for years and the rain had washed out the blue from her eyes and the red from her mouth and the yellow from her hair. 


The metaphor of Margot lost in the rain describes how she is different from the other kids, and how having seen the sun isolates her from them.



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