Quicker Than the Eye Literary Techniques

Ray Bradbury

Literary Techniques

Bradbury's best writing is in the short story form. The structure of Quicker Than the Eye puts "Unterderseaboat Doktor" first, "The Other Highway" last, and "Quicker Than the Eye" nearly in the middle of the book. Typically, the plots are more psychological drama than adventure/sex and violence action. The focus is usually upon the inner experience of single characters, such as the protagonist of the title story, "Quicker Than the Eye," who must deal with seeing himself made a fool of on stage by an attractive woman magician. Other tales provide fables with a message or a moral, or with a surprising conceit such as the bicycle inventor in "The Ghost in the Machine" who, with the permission of the curator, tests his contraption on the smooth marble floors of a great nineteenth-century British museum. As mentioned above in "Themes," humor and wit are present in every story.

The settings are both urban and rural, usually revolving around middle-class homes, sidewalks, and neighborhoods. The seasons, the weather, and the flora of nature are described or present in figurative reference in every story. Bradbury's practice, furthermore, is to bind virtually all of his settings and plots with descriptions of nature. It produces a poetic prose more extreme than any until the extraordinary cyberpunk virtually-realistic narrative of William Gibson.

In addition to his references to nature, Bradbury's figurative language is remarkable: An actor is...

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