Ray Bradbury Questions and Answers

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This short story has a dual theme and is a most interesting study of a much anticipated event during the time in which the story is set. The time period of the setting is integral to...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2011, 10:09 am (UTC)

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The most important theme from "Embroidery" is the danger of nuclear weapons. Like many of Bradbury's stories, "Embroidery" was written during the Cold War, where nuclear devastation was a very real...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021, 4:01 am (UTC)

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In Ray Bradbury's story “Embroidery,” three women are sitting on the porch late in the afternoon embroidering. They are waiting for something, and as they wait, they keep their fingers moving,...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021, 2:09 pm (UTC)

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In Ray Bradbury’s “The Flying Machine,” the underlying themes revolve around the notion of technological advancement in society. Specifically, the story deals with the notion that unchecked...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2020, 5:05 pm (UTC)

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There are several similarities between the stories “There Will Come Soft Rains” and “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury. First of all, both houses seem to have a creepy nursery that projects pictures and...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016, 8:50 pm (UTC)

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While there are several main themes portrayed in this sci-fi short story, perhaps the most central is the idea that humans can be so naive that we even fool ourselves, yet this isn’t always a bad...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2018, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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The Emperor's garden of metal and jewels represents his kingdom in miniature as it is right now. It is a representation of beautiful stasis, of the Emperor's desire to control his kingdom so that...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018, 11:41 pm (UTC)

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In "The Flying Machine," published by Ray Bradbury in 1953, the literal danger the Emperor perceives in the creation of the flying machine is that this innovation will cause people to move away...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2010, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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Each question must be listed separately. I can answer only one. Also, please note that this is my opinion, as your answer should be when you address it. With opinions, there are generally no wrong...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2010, 2:47 pm (UTC)

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One might argue that local pride is the main motivation here. The two Chinese towns are fiercely proud of their respective identities and feel that they are under serious threat from the other....

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019, 6:42 am (UTC)

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In his novel Fahrenheit 451 and many of his short stories, Bradbury sees human over-reliance on technology as a potentially serious problem for society. In both Fahrenheit 451 and his short story...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019, 6:23 pm (UTC)

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If you reconsider the basic outlines of the plot, I think you will start to detect the theme of self-destructive obsession and fear of mortality that runs through Bradbury's story "The Skeleton."...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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The quote "There are times...when one must lose a little beauty if one is to keep what little beauty one already has," from "The Flying Machine," by Ray Bradbury, is a paradoxical statement. The...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2010, 2:38 pm (UTC)

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I think that it is clear that Ray Bradbury would not and did not advocate much of where the internet and social media leads people. He would support the idea that the over-reliance on such...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2012, 3:51 pm (UTC)

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In The Utterly Perfect Murder, narrator Doug Spaulding decides to travel across America to murder his childhood friend, Ralph Underhill, who still lives in their hometown thirty-six years after...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019, 12:32 am (UTC)

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"The Highway" comes from a collection called The Illustrated Man, in which the narrator sees another man's tattoos move and tell each of the stories. A theme which comes up in many of the stories...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2010, 1:44 am (UTC)

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Ray Bradbury was a writer who worked primarily within the genres of science fiction and fantasy. He was a master of the short story format. Indeed, it should also be noted that one of his most...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019, 9:19 pm (UTC)

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Ray Bradbury's "The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind" was published in 1953, during the Cold War, and is an allegorical story about the nuclear arms race between the United States of America and the...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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Near the end of this story, the emperor executes the inventor of a beautiful flying machine rather than allowing this innovation to destabilize his country. Before that occurs, we have several...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2019, 1:28 pm (UTC)

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Ray Bradbury employs the literary technique of situational irony in his sci-fi short story "A Little Journey." In the story, an eighty-five-year-old woman named Mrs. Amelia Bellowes reads an...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2018, 6:29 pm (UTC)

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First, it is interesting to note that Ray Bradbury enjoyed an... ...incredibly prolific career that spans countless styles, formats, and genres... But what is most interesting with regard to this...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2013, 1:01 am (UTC)

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Both Bradbury short stories can find significant moments of comparison and some distinct points of divergence. What follows are some suggestions that can assist you with the formation of your...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2015, 5:22 pm (UTC)

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Personally, as a symbol in the short story "The Utterly Perfect Murder," I like the train. To me, it is a symbol of Doug's journey into his past. This is actually supported by the text when...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2009, 10:46 am (UTC)

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The mood of a story is the feeling a reader gets as they read it. An author creates the mood of a story by including certain details, selecting words with powerful or interesting connotations, and...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2019, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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Literary critic David Mogen identifies a trope of Ray Bradbury's work as "joyous absorption in the experience of living." Mogen and Gary K. Wolfe, another critic, observe that Bradbury's fiction...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2015, 9:47 pm (UTC)

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This would be better suited to the question board, since you’re looking for a specific answer. However, they began the wall building "competition" because each felt the other’s wall was more...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010, 11:11 am (UTC)

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While "The Veldt" is a critique on neglectful parenting, the reason for the neglect is caused by an unhealthy reliance on technology. The general theme of the danger of technology is illustrated in...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016, 11:24 pm (UTC)

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In both "There Will Come Soft Rains" and "The Veldt," families have built homes that are meant to cater to their every want and need, and neither home functions in the way that it was meant to do....

Latest answer posted February 21, 2022, 4:21 pm (UTC)

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Bradbury's motivation to write was driven by his imagination. As a child, Bradbury was an avid reader, devouring works by Wolfe and Hemingway. This helped to drive his fascination towards the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2013, 1:04 pm (UTC)

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I am not sure I have a completely clear idea of what you mean by "crisis," but I'll see what I can do. There are two possible definitions for "crisis" that could apply to this story: an unstable...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2009, 12:23 pm (UTC)

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The attempted eradication of the "other" is explored in two ways in Bradbury's The Visitor. First, people, all male, who have blood rust in the lungs, a communicable disease, are quarantined on...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019, 12:51 pm (UTC)

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Thematic connections are connections in meaning between the poem and the short story. What common message do both convey? This message is summed in the lines of the poem below: And not one will...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2019, 4:18 pm (UTC)

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I think that part of Bradbury's genius is that he writes stories that might be set in a future or distant land, but the realities of bullying and intimidation are inescapable even in these...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2012, 12:33 am (UTC)

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While many of Bradbury's short stories discuss the negative consequences of technology upon American families, the three stories that you have read possess a different set of similarities. Below...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010, 4:38 am (UTC)

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When Ray Bradbury died in 2012, President Barack Obama released a statement that praised Bradbury's contribution to society. Obama specifically mentions that Bradbury had a "gift for...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2017, 10:40 pm (UTC)

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Ray Bradbury is an important author in science fiction. According to the eNotes site, he was one of the first authors to employ a cerebral, elevated writing style—rather than the more common...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011, 9:08 am (UTC)

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1. "The Veldt" is dystopian in that the technology that is supposed to bring the Hadley family happiness only brings them misery and, for the parents, death. The world is different from our own in...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018, 11:58 am (UTC)

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You have a great start to your research question! Let's try to hone this question a bit more and consider the things you want to research (and ultimately produce an answer for). Your listed...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2016, 9:36 pm (UTC)

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In both these Bradbury stories, technology has run out of control so that humans are no longer running their own lives. The chief difference, however, is while in "There Will Come Soft Rains"...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2021, 10:01 pm (UTC)

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Well, TVs are certainly growing larger. They're not wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling yet, but we're getting there. Of more concern and reflective of the novel is the fact that we are more and more...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2010, 8:46 pm (UTC)

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Ray Bradbury is an ace at using descriptive settings to create suspense and to enhance action leading up to a crisis moment. In a way setting is often used as a symbol itself. Some good examples...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2008, 12:45 am (UTC)

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I can only answer one of the two questions presented, so I will address whether or not the quote provided is a theme of the story. Knowing Bradbury's work as I do, I cannot imagine that he would...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2010, 3:00 pm (UTC)

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I must admit as to being unsure precisely what you are referring to in terms of the different plot diagrams that you mention. However, I wonder if the "chain" that you refer to could indicate a...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2011, 12:52 am (UTC)

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Totally true about the great, "There Will Come Soft Rains." Aren’t we getting closer and closer to the Ray Bradbury story, "The Veldt?" You know one with the parents, kids, nursery scenes, and etc?

Latest answer posted April 22, 2010, 11:44 am (UTC)

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There are many theories on time travel and if it is possible. The prevailing thought on the matter is that it is not possible to travel backward in time. We know through Einstein's special theory...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2015, 8:12 pm (UTC)

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Going to the source might help here. When Ray Bradbury was asked in an interview as to his motivation in writing, he offered an insightful answer that can explain much: I had decided to be a...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2013, 4:07 pm (UTC)

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Ray Bradbury chooses to write, mostly, in the science fiction genre. By doing this, he is able to make commentary about how scientific and technological advancements can or have affected the human...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2008, 12:16 pm (UTC)

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