Why does Margot act the way she does? For example, why doesn't she play with her classmates and why does she react so strongly to the shower?  

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Throughout the short story, Margot is an outcast in her classroom, who refuses to join in the underground games with the other children. Unlike the other children who have lived their entire lives on Venus, Margot was born in Ohio and can remember the sun. Her memory of the sun makes her a target for her jealous, mean-spirited classmates and also explains her reclusive attitude. One can surmise that living on a rainy planet void of sunlight would adversely affect one's personality and emotions. Margot clearly misses the sun and is unhappy about her current circumstances on the rainy planet. Margot's refusal to shower reveals her traumatic situation, where rain and thunderstorms are an everyday occurrence. Psychologically, Margot cannot handle living on Venus and wishes to return home. Bradbury also writes that Margot only joins in collective songs...

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