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fournier1990 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2010 at 2:29 AM via web

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What sensory details are used to emphasize each of the five senses, and how do these details add to the story?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 13, 2010 at 2:36 AM (Answer #1)

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I suppose that the feeling of being hot is touch.  So we see this right off when George starts sweating as soon as the nursery turns on and becomes Africa.

Bradbury then describes the smells of the savannah in very graphic terms.  The lions and other animals smell like rust, the dust smells like paprika.

When Bradbury describes the lions coming towards George, we get sight and sound and even taste.

All of these details are important to the story because they make it seem so real.  The emphasize how the nursery is not just a dream or a projection.  It is so real that it affects all of your senses.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 13, 2010 at 2:54 AM (Answer #2)

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There are any number of details that come in the story, beginning with the feeling of heat that causes Mr. Hadley to start sweating and then the "wind of odor" that is generated by the "odorophonics" giving the impression of the animals and the grass and the watering hole that is out of sight.  Next comes the sights and sounds of the lions far away and then the scream of something they cannot see.

The sensory details give the reader the same impression that the nursery gives the Hadley's, leaving them concerned that perhaps this isn't just a constructed illusion.  The illusion of reality serves to support the importance of telepathy and its power, particularly in the case of the two young children, over the way that the adults have come to accept "reality" and are unwilling to believe that it could possibly be different or outside of their experience.

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