Bradbury is known for his use of literary devices, which give a lyrical, poetic quality to his work. This story is drenched in literary devices. These include the following.
Dialogue: Dialogue characterizes the children and lends a sense of immediacy, as if we are overhearing a scene. The opening dialogue builds suspense with a series of questions and answers that make us wonder what is going on:
The opening is an example of a literary device known as in media res, or starting in the middle of the action. We start in the middle an exchange of dialogue that at first makes no sense to us.
Anaphora: In anaphora, the same word or words are repeated at the beginning of consecutive lines. And example is the following:
It had been raining...
Repetition: Repetition occurs when words are repeated over and over again to build a sense of excitement. An example is the following:
a thousand forests had been crushed under the rain and grown up a thousand times to be crushed again.
Polysyndeton. Bradbury also frequently uses polysyndeton, which is a series of conjunctions. One example is when Bradbury writes,
rain and rain and rain.
The device creates a breathless sense of anticipation, mimicking the excitement of the children.
Metaphor: The story is saturated in metaphor. Examples include the following:
the sweet crystal fall of showers and the concussion of storms so heavy they were tidal waves come over the islands.
Simile: The sun is described as being "like a lemon." The children are "like a feverish wheel, all tumbling spokes."
Imagery: story is awash in imagery. For example, we can visualize what Margot looks like from the following:
Margot stood alone. She was a very frail girl who looked as if she had been lost in the rain for years and the rain had washed out the blue from her eyes and the red from her mouth and the yellow from her hair.
Alliteration: Another way Bradbury creates a sense of rhythm is through alliteration:
Now she stood, separate, staring ...