Throughout his career, Bradbury has explored the regions of the human imagination, testing their limits. In general, he has presented a positive view of the imagination, presenting its enemies as vile, despicable people. In A Graveyard for Lunatics, he explores an industry that thrives on the imagination of its employees, yet often trivializes and stunts that imagination. A good discussion might begin with a discussion of the views of the motion picture industry presented in the novel. Do your experiences watching motion pictures at all parallel the experiences of characters in the book?
Another good way of introducing a discussion of the novel might be to examine how it works out the images of darkness and light, of death and life. What is Bradbury suggesting by making the graveyard livelier and the studio, supposedly the home of imaginative life, more moribund as the narrative progresses? From there, a discussion might to how death becomes more like life and life more like death. This in turn could lead to a focus on the characters. What does Bradbury do to his themes by making characters defy their stereotypes? He has those who in the hands of other authors would be dying, awaiting death, or mired in self-indulgent memories of the past — for instance, the aging motion picture actress who is constantly trying to recover her lost days of youthful glory — instead be paragons of zest and love of life — for instance Constance. What is the point?
Yet another way to approach the novel is to begin with the narrator. He is naive, sometimes...
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