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All Summer in a Day

by Ray Bradbury

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If you were Margot in "All Summer in a Day", what would you do?

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In Ray Bradbury's short story "All Summer in a Day," Margot is depicted as an extremely timid, unique child who is an outcast among her peers because she grew up on Earth. The short story is set on the planet Venus, where it continually rains all day for seven straight years. Margot cannot stand the rain and distances herself from her peers by refusing to join in their games or sing along with them. Margot's peers also resent her for remembering and experiencing the sun. They also envy Margot because she will be leaving the rainy planet next year while they remain behind on Venus.

On the one day in seven years that the sun shines upon the planet, Margot's classmates gang up on her and proceed to shove her into the closet at the back of the room when the teacher is not around. Tragically, Margot cannot escape the room in time and misses the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunlight before it begins to rain again.

The only possible thing Margot could do to protect herself from her classmates is to scream at the top of her lungs. While Margot is being bullied and shoved into the back closet, she remains silent and does not protest. If Margot would have screamed, the teacher could have possibly heard her and stopped her classmates. Also, some of her classmates may have been spooked and would have stopped forcing her into the closet. If I were in Margot's position, I would have more than likely screamed and began physically attacking my classmates. This approach would hopefully dissuade them from shoving me into the closet.

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