All Summer in a Day

by Ray Bradbury

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Why doesn't Margot fit in with the other children in "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury?

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In Ray Bradbury’s short story “All Summer in a Day,” Margot doesn’t fit in with the other children in her school mainly due to her strong memories of the sun. Early in the story, Margot is characterized as separate and isolated. Bradbury writes,

Margot stood apart from them, from these children who could ever remember a time when there wasn’t rain and rain and rain.

Her recollections of the sun have a lot to do with her status as an outcast. According to Bradbury, Margot’s “biggest crime of all was that she had come here only five years ago from Earth.”

Having lived on Venus “all their lives,” the other children seem to resent Margot and her wistful notions about the sun. When she articulates what the sun is like, the children reply with scorn and anger. They call her a liar and, a bit later, confine to her a closet.

Margot’s nostalgic, serious nature makes her disinclined to play with the other children. This, too, causes Margot not to fit in. She doesn’t participate in their games in the underground tunnels. If they try to tag her, she will not react. She also chooses not to sing along to the jovial class songs. In addition to her keen memories of the sun, Margot’s attitude toward games and other playful activities results in her not fitting in.

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