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What is the symbolism of the sun in the story "All Summer in a Day" by Rad Bradbury?...

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matejluptak | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM via web

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What is the symbolism of the sun in the story "All Summer in a Day" by Rad Bradbury? Using quotes from the story for support would be great.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM (Answer #1)

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The sun serves as symbols for a variety of things in Ray Bradbury's short story, "All Summer in a Day." For Margot, it is a reminder of her happier days on Earth, before her family has relocated to Venus. In her poem, she writes that

I think the sun is a flower,
That blooms for just one hour.

It reminds her of the hope for the future, that she and her parents will one day return to Earth; in fact, they may return within the year because Margot misses it so, despite the fact that her father's salary will be greatly reduced back home. Margot also compares the sun's roundness and "flaming bronze" to a "penny," and its warmth to "a fire in the stove." The sun is a symbol of a life source, not only for plants and trees, but also for Margot, whose appearance is similar to a "ghost" because of her paleness. The sun also symbolizes a quiet silence that is always absent due to the relentless, pounding rain.

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matejluptak | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM (Answer #2)

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I did not mean what sun symbolizes for the characters, but what does it symbolize outside of the story?

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