All Summer in a Day

by Ray Bradbury

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What is Margot likely to do at the end of "All Summer in a Day"?

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After she is let out of the closet in "All Summer in a Day," Margot is likely to be extremely angry and seek punishment for those who caused her to miss out on seeing the sun. While we are not told what happened next, we can imagine how her anger and disappointment would have played out.

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In Ray Bradbury's celebrated short story "All Summer in a Day," Margot is depicted as a timid, frail child, who is considered an outcast among her peers and hates living on the rainy planet Venus. Unlike her peers, Margot was not born on Venus and can remember what the sun felt like on Earth. Margot's hostile classmates resent her for her unique experiences and view her with contempt. She cannot emotionally cope with being on the rainy, depressing planet and struggles to compose herself when faced with the possibility of getting wet. Margot's parents recognize that she is not mentally healthy on Venus and plan on traveling back to Earth with her.

Tragically, Margot's selfish, hostile classmates bully her by locking her in a closet while the sun is shining on Venus. Margot misses the rare opportunity to enjoy the brief hour of sunshine and is finally let out of the closet at the end of the story. One could surmise that Margot emotionally breaks down and vents her anger by screaming at her classmates. Given Margot's timid nature, she more than likely informs the teacher of the incident in hopes that her peers will be punished instead of taking matters into her own hands. In addition to telling on her peers, Margot will more than likely demand to leave the rainy planet at once and her parents will probably comply with her request.

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This great story ends when Margot is released from the cupboard, and as a result, we are required to use our imaginations in order to answer this question. Think about how you would respond if you were robbed of a once-off opportunity to relive a pleasure from your past. If it were me, I would be hurt and disappointed.

A typical childhood reaction to hurt and disappointment would be to lash out at those who imprisoned her, and I think the first thing she would be likely to do is provide her teacher with a full account of how she has been bullied, both on this day and since her arrival at the school.

Having secured punishment for those who imprisoned her, I imagine that Margot would have gone through a phase of mourning for the lost opportunity. Given that her family has decided to take her back to Earth, Margot has a lot to look forward to, and this incident would certainly propel her to greater excitement about this—both to get back to the sun and to get away from the bullies who locked her in the cupboard.

It would appear that Margot is in a state of clinical depression as a result of the Venusian lifestyle and lack of sunshine. Hopefully, her parents would have gotten her the medical help that she needs to see her through until the family is ready to return to Earth.

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Margot, who came to Venus later than the other children and therefore remembers the sun, has been longing for sunshine in ways the rest of her classmates cannot fully understand. She has been largely listless, withdrawn, and depressed, although she did have a fit once in the shower when she screamed that the water couldn't touch her head.

We know she is having a fit when she is first locked in the closet, screaming and beating on the door to get out, but by the time the sun has gone away and the rain is back—the time when the children remember to let her out—her passion has been spent.

She is primarily presented as depressed: she does not join in the games of the other children, she stands apart from them, and she does not answer William even when he pushes her. Therefore, she now is likely to double down on that behavior and become even more listless and passive. Her anger will turn evermore inward. Her parents, already worried about her and thinking of leaving their lucrative jobs on Venus, will hopefully speed up plans to get back to earth and sunny weather before she attempts suicide or to hurt herself.

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The story does not tell us how Margot will act after she emerges from the closet. However, we can probably make some speculations about her likely actions after she is let out.

First, Margot is likely to be very angry. After all, the sun only comes out once every seven years in Venus. We know that Margot, more than any of the other children, has been looking forward to seeing the sun. 

The text tells us that Margot desperately tried to dissuade the children from their cruel errand. We also learn that she threw herself against the door and beat on it after she was locked in. So, Margot is likely to be very angry after she is let out.

Second, although it is possible to guess Margot's emotional condition, it is difficult to predict Margot's likely actions upon emerging from the closet. Her anger may remain dormant or even hidden from the children. From the text, we learn that Margot is naturally introverted and that she is habitually wary during her interactions with the other children. She often says very little, even when her patience has been sorely tested.

When William pushes her, she does not push back. Even when the children accuse her of lying about her experiences with the sun, Margot remains characteristically silent.

However, Margot does occasionally have emotional outbursts; the text tells us that she once refused to take a shower at school and that she screamed at the thought of water touching her head. So, at this point, we can speculate about Margot's emotions after emerging from the closet. However, it may be a little harder to predict how she will act out her anger. 

 

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