What is a summary of Something Wicked This Way Comes?
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a fantasy novel written by Ray Bradbury, published in 1962. The story focuses largely on the relationship between 13-year-old best friends Will Holloway and Jim Nightshade. Shortly before their 14th birthday (which falls on the same day), a traveling carnival arrives in town, run by a mysterious man named Mr. Dark, which changes the nature of the relationship between the main characters.
Early in the story, the boys realize that the carnival is offering to give the townspeople that which they most desire, although it is usually a trap and the individual is instead transformed into a hideous sideshow performer for the carnival. The transformation often involves either rapidly aging the townspeople or making them younger with the help of a magic merry-go-round. Over the course of the novel, Will, Jim, and Will's father slowly uncover Mr. Dark's plan and form their own strategy to stop him.
The story is a very nostalgic, straightforward coming-of-age tale with magical overtones and fantastic elements; however, Something Wicked is really a story about relationships, friendships, and the uncertainty that accompanies growing up.
Although they are about as close as two people can be outside of a romantic relationship, Will and Jim are also very different in a few ways. Will doesn't necessarily mind being young and is anxious about the future, whereas Jim very much dislikes being young and can't wait to grow up. This is the major source of conflict in their relationship and is present throughout the entire story, particularly when Will becomes angry with Jim for wanting to look through...
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