Ray Bradbury Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Ray Bradbury seems always to have known what he wanted to do and how to get it done. Of the initiatives he has taken in his life, which do you think have contributed most fruitfully to his writing?

Identify the resemblances between the Martians and American Indians in The Martian Chronicles and explain what they contribute to the total effect of the narrative.

Montag is a grown man at the beginning of Fahrenheit 451, but what evidence do you see that he matures in the course of the novel?

Some books probably intended for young readers turn out to be valuable reading for adults. Is Dandelion Wine such a book? Explain your response.

Is Bradbury more convincing in his depiction of the dark side of life or in his hopefulness?

Critics are inclined to discount the importance of popular writers in popular modes such as those Bradbury practices. What aspects of Bradbury’s work entitle him to the status of serious writer?