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How and why does the children’s point of view change over the course of the story "All Summer in a Day"? What lesson or theme does this change convey?

The children's point of view changes after experiencing sunshine for the first time and sympathizing with Margot's unique situation in "All Summer in a Day." Initially, the children were intolerant of Margot and locked her inside a closet when the sun came out. Tragically, Margot missed the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine. When the thunderstorms resume, the children regret their actions. Their change of perspective conveys the theme regarding the importance of exercising tolerance towards others.

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As the story opens, the other children are jealous and resentful of Margot, especially a boy named William. They resent her because she came to Venus later than they did. Therefore she remembers the sun, which they do not. She comes across as being superior and putting on airs because she has memories they don't understand and don't share.

More basically, she is the child who doesn't fit in. She is lonely and unhappy on Venus. She refuses to join their games. She longs for sun, something they can't miss, because it is not part of their lives. She is the archetypal outsider. She rejects a life that feels perfectly normal and acceptable to them.

When the rain is about the stop and the sun comes out for the first time in seven years, the children angrily lock Margot in a windowless closet. This is a way to level the playing field for a few minutes: apparently, they mean to let her out in time to play in the sun, but they forget.

They forget because they are so overwhelmed at the sun. They...

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