Week 1: “All Summer in A Day” (Due 6/4)

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Week 1

A. Watch my Bradbury  lecture for this week. Note– Next week, we begin our discussion of  The Great Gatsby (I suggest getting a jumpstart on reading the novel).

B. Here are some useful clips to check out for context:

C. Discussion Questions:

One question for everyone:

1.Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s  story, cut and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.

Please also answer 2 other questions below:

2. Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?

3. Summarize Bradbury’s story in your own words and then respond to it.

4. Choose an idea from my lecture to apply to  “All Summer in a Day.”

5. Does the Venus location of the story make the narrative, or the ideas Bradbury conveys, foreign? Can we relate “All Summer in a Day” to summer 2021? Explain.

6. What do you think of Taina Clarke’s response to the essay, published in City Tech Writer?

47 Comments

  1. Justin Giongetti

    1. Choose your favorite quote from the story, cut, and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.

    The quote “They unlocked the door, even more slowly, and let Margot out.” What is significant about this quote is that the author doesn’t mention what happens next because I think he wants us to think how we would feel if we were in the closet not doing something we wanted to see. The other students had left Margot in the closet for two hours; many things can happen in two hours. They played, had fun, enjoyed what they saw, only to wait another seven years. What Margot has experience in the closet will never be forgotten. Seven years of waiting to see the sun again will ruin her mental state of mind and do physical damage to her eventually, but her seeing two hours of the sun would make her life feel like it had meaning, unlike the other kids who never even saw the sun got to see it.

    2. Why read fiction?
    It is important to read fictional stories because it builds the imagination of a person. It makes one more imaginative and creative. The author’s power of story and the words penned down by the author makes the reader turn every page he/she reads and keep it going. The interest that fiction builds up is often created by the situations and the feelings of the fictional characters. The reader can see an entirely new world from the eyes of the author.
    Why read science fiction?
    Science fiction piques people’s interest in science, develops imaginative and even critical thinking, and exposes us to possibilities we may never see or hear about usually. With science fiction, the thought of ” what if “this was possible is a fantastic feeling because it’s normal for people to think about the future and what may have happened if society had been structured differently in the past. This genre looks at these concepts. It shows you how life may have been and might be if we acted differently. People claim to desire a world where they can time travel or visit different planets, but this is false. They like reading about it and thinking how the rest of the world would react if anything similar will happen.

    3. What do you think of Taina Clarke’s response to the essay, published in City Tech Writer?

    Taina Clare’s response to the essay published in CityTechWriter made me think about what is happening in today’s society what she wrote towards the end; however, through her whole response, I felt like she blamed the teacher for the student’s actions towards Margot, which is very accountable because it is her job to notice her students. She should’ve disciplined her student William for acting out on Margot as she states, “Teachable moment again! Had the children not locked Margot in the closet, they all could have shared the experience and made memories of their own. They were robbed of knowledge and compassion by the teacher’s lack of guidance. Here, as in the rest of the story, the teacher should have shown more interest in her students’ well-being”. With a lack of guidance, these students will go nowhere in life. Instead of worrying about a check, she should learn to discipline and teach students how to be respectful because they did rob her from seeing the sun for another seven years. The teacher didn’t even notice it because she allowed it to happen. Her response made me think what she is saying is accurate. Margot portrays a black life matter protestor, the children resemble the police, and the teacher reaches our leaders in government. The teacher (the government) is allowing a long-term effect of racism without doing anything about it. Just for the children (the police) who don’t want to hear anything about the issue being bought up, continue to do the problem.

    • Yaseer Elkhou

      I like the quote you choose and I also agree the trauma that the kids could bring to her even though they might have not realized could effect her mentally and physically in the years to come due to the sun only coming out every 7 years. Reading the quote it seemed like the kids were unsure what would happen when they opened the door and how Margot would react because of what they did to her.

      • Justin Giongetti

        Thank you. I read the story twice to have a complete understanding of the story again to see if I have a new idea of the story; however, I still feel the same. Like what did they expect when releasing her from the room they locked her in? She will be going to experiences some trauma, especially not seeing the sun that will cause depression because she hasn’t seen it since she was on earth.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Hi Justin,
      Great comments here. You make a good point about Bradbury leaving the reader to question what happened in the aftermath of the closet trauma and children’s cruelty. The damage has already been done. Good response, too, to Taina’s piece, and your observation that without guidance children will be lost. There’s an element of “All Summer” that reminds me of William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies–perhaps you’ve read it– where the children are left to their own devices and become inexpressibly cruel.

  2. Yaseer Elkhou

    1. Choose your favorite quote from the story, cut, and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.
    – The quote “But they were running and turning their faces up to the sky and feeling the sun on their cheeks like a warm iron; they were taking off their jackets and letting the sun burn their arms.” What is significant about this quote is the actions of the children don’t seem to be something they see or do regularly. Them being so excited about something so simple like the sun coming out and enjoying every moment of it because they know that this moment that they are in is a once in a blue moment and the next time they would be able to experience this wouldn’t be until another 7 years. Because they only get to absorb the sun for only 2 hours, they are willing to let the heat of the sun burn their arms and feel the warmth of the sun on their cheeks because they see this chance as their little moment of happiness before it starts raining, thunder storming and nothing but bad weather comes along. Once that happens, they will feel sad and down. If an opportunity is presented no matter what it is, you should take it because you don’t know how long it will last for.
    2. Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?
    – Reading fiction is a way to escape from the real world and be able to express ourselves freely in any way possible. Fiction allows us to be open-minded and create stories and characters where only the creator and a certain audience would be able to understand because they admire and understand the creative imagination developed into this story. Fiction expresses our feelings and perspective while allowing us, the audience, to imagine ourselves in different characters, stories, and settings to experience a different journey through creativity and imagination.
    – Reading science fiction is popular because it creates a representation of a reality that cannot exist but can inspire people to believe in it and change our perspective/ways of life. An example of science fiction that has influenced me is Iron Man, a famous comic book hero. As I grew up reading comic books, seeing the cartoons and live movies inspired me to pursue engineering. The character is an example of science fiction as he does not exist. Still, the audience, including myself, enjoys and admires the story and character. This, among many other characters, has influenced others to pursue and follow someone of a fictional character because of admiration. Science fiction is more popular and influential to a young target audience as they may not fully grasp the concept but understand enough to like it or disapprove.
    3. Does the Venus location of the story make the narrative, or the ideas Bradbury conveys, foreign? Can we relate “All Summer in a Day” to summer 2021? Explain.
    – Yes, the Venus location of the story does make the narrative, or the ideas Bradbury conveys foreign because the idea of only experiencing something every 7 years in a completely different world where you only experience rain and thunderstorms for most of the year. When you finally get something different in this case being the sun even for a couple of hours the idea is foreign which is why they couldn’t even fathom what they were seeing especially when they heard from one of their peers that what they are going to experience what they would consider being out of this world. One way to relate “All Summer in a Day” to summer 2021 is us being indoor for so long due to the pandemic. Usually, the summer is the time where everyone comes out and gathers with friends and family. But because of the pandemic we were constrained and limited to the types of activities that could be done. Even with being able to travel there were still locked down and quarantine protocols that were in place and to be followed. Like in “All Summer in a Day” the kids were restricted to rain and thunder to 7 years. The one time that they were able to experience the sun they were so happy and even took off their jackets to let the sun burn their arms and the warmth of the sun on their cheeks. It is like finally things being lifted where masks can be taken off and feel some type of relief and happiness. With the vaccine out and covid restriction lifted people are allowed to experience the summer like they used to.

    • rahel lehar

      reply to justin giongetti:
      Yes it is unfair that just because the other kids didn’t believe her, they had to punish her & enjoy the sun for themselves only. Even kids can do actions that are dark and mature at a young age. I also believe that for science fiction, it is more exciting when we’re not confined by limitations & can make anything that’s physically impossible real.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Hi Yasser,
      You’re making wise points here, and I especially appreciate your Iron Man example, and discussion of what we might attain from fiction and particularly science fiction.

      The quote you chose is interesting. Do you think the simile Bradbury uses (warm as an iron) is a positive one? Is it potentially ominous? What is going on in the background as the children celebrate with abandon?

      • Yaseer Elkhou

        Yes, I do you think the simile Bradbury uses (warm as an iron) is a positive one because an iron is warm and it’s being compared the the warmth of the sun. Where if you touch an iron you will probably get burned and similar to the sun if you stand in it for a long time you’ll get burned. But the children are willing to feel the warmth and burning because it makes them happy and it’s their only chance they get to feel this happiness for a short period of time until another 7 years where the sun comes out again. It can potentially be ominous more towards the children’s emotional well being because this one opportunity of them feeling excited and happy even though its for a short period they are going to want more and more of that feeling. But once the sun is gone and they realize it won’t be back anytime soon they’ll start to feel sad and there is nothing to help fill that emptiness that they are feeling.

  3. rahel lehar

    1. Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s story and explain what you think is significant about it.
    “Do the scientists really know? Will it happen today, will it ?”

    This quote is significant because its in the form of a question. It gives the message of wondering if science is correct in any situation such as if a scientific technology can or can’t achieve or delay a scientific goal or hypothesis. Science is all about questioning something and then proving if that hypothesis can or can’t be achieved.

    2. Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?

    fiction should be read because it’s something that comes from imagination that isn’t real. All real things including people, objects, worlds, etc can’t be manipulated into what we want it to be. So for our own purposes, our imagination is the best source of creativity. Without imagination to make fiction, we are limited. For science fiction, we are able to explore a lot of physically impossible concepts such as time traveling, aliens with all kinds of superpowers, & super advanced technology. Star wars and the childhood cartoon Ben 10 shows all of these concepts.

    3. Summarize Bradbury’s story in your own words and then respond to it.
    His story takes place on planet Venus. On this planet the sun shines one time every 7 years for just 2 hours. Margot is from earth & already knew what the sun was like before she came to Venus. The other kids in school don’t believe Margot is being truthful about the sun and they lock her in a closet. When the sun does shine they realize she was telling the truth and let her free but only after the sun has gone away for another 7 years.
    This relates to science fiction a lot because usually the good guy in a movie or show is trying to tell the truth but no one will listen & when they do realize the good guy was right, they unfortunately realize too late.

    • Chaoqun Pan

      Hi Rahel, I agree with you on how fiction relies on lots of elements. We can create a whole new different from the whole we are living at, but that requires lots of imagination and creativity. There are many prediction that can be made from science fiction. We can make many “what if..” questions in response to the unknown future.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Great observations here, Rachel, about Bradbury and his discussion of science and truth, through Margot’s character. Can we relate this to 2021?

  4. Chaoqun Pan

    1. “It was as if, in the midst of a film concerning an avalanche, a tornado, a hurricane, a volcanic eruption, something had, first, gone wrong with the sound apparatus, thus muffling and finally cutting off all noise, all of the blasts and repercussions and thunders, and then, second, ripped the film from the projector and inserted in its place a beautiful tropical slide which did not move or tremor.” This is my favorite quote because the analogies used in her created a vivid image of how the children and teacher viewed the sun. It was like they were finally enlightened again after 7 years of rain. This quote is significant because it serves as the climax of the story. As the sun finally appears, the children understand the warmth and goodness of the sun, which then the children realized that what Margot describes the sun was true.
    2. Reading fiction allows one to put themselves into the shoes of the author. As there are many different structures related to a fiction book, the point of view of fictional writers varies from author to author. This allows readers to experience and understand the world in a whole new way. One story might be completely unprecedented to the world we know. Fictional stories can still open new insight into the world we live in. Science fiction is a type of fiction based on imagined future scientific advancements that might affect people and the environment. It can also go beyond exploring foreign creatures or planets. Reading science fiction allows one to imagine how the world might be like if this happens and the consequences that it causes or lead to. For example, the story “All Summer in a Day,” shows how constant rain causes the sun to be something as precious as seeing a total solar eclipse. Since in the story, the children had to wait every 7 years for the sun to appear once, similar to how we need to wait for 18 years to see a solar eclipse happen.
    5. The Venus location of the story makes the narrative foreign because the world that the children experienced in the story is totally different from ours. The story seems to take a dystopian view of the world to remind us not to take things that seem ordinary and natural for grants. In the story, the sun is precious to the people who live on Venus, similar to summer 2021, being able to hang out with friends is precious to us during this pandemic. In the story, the residents of Venus can only view the sun once every 7 years, which is comparable to the situation we are in now. We can only see our friends and visit public spaces with 6ft distance protocol, hugging and kissing even still be risky because of COVID-19.

    • Promit Roy

      Hi Chaoqun,
      Great selection of quote and analysis of it. I agree with you that the description of the sun or adds a new dynamic to the climax. As you mentioned, summer in Venus after seven years is similar to summer in 2021 after the pandemic. The sun in Venus is similar to the vaccine during the pandemic. Sun was the symbol of hope and enlightenment in the story. When we got the vaccine, we hoped that we might win the war against COVID-19.

    • Promit Roy

      Hi Chaoqun,
      Great selection of quote and analysis of it. I agree with you that the description of the sun or adds a new dynamic to the climax. As you mentioned, summer in Venus after seven years is similar to summer in 2021 after the pandemic. The sun in Venus is similar to the vaccine during the pandemic. Sun was the symbol of hope and enlightenment in the story. When we got the vaccine, we hoped that we might win the war against COVID-19.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Wise connections here, Chaoqun, between the fleeting hours of summer in the story and the summer of 2020 (we hope the summer of 2021 allows for a bit more freedom with the advent of vaccination, though we must still take so many precautions). I especially appreciate your warning that we should not take seemingly simple things for granted. We all learned this the hard way this past year and a half.

  5. Sammy Biberaj

    1. Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s story, cut and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.
    – The quote that I really found to be my favorite from Bradbury’s Story was as followed “They unlocked the door, even more slowly, and let Margot out” The thing that makes this quote, so significance is Bradbury never tell us what really happened to Margot in the closet.

    2. Why read fiction?
    – People like to read fiction because it help us reader focus more on the story, and even thought it might be about a fake story I believe that our attentions gets grabbed by the author and we want to know what happened throughout the whole story.
    Why read science fiction?
    – I don’t really read science fiction but one of my teachers in high school had told us that reading science fiction can help deal with stress. So, people who love reading and are dealing with stress like to choose science fiction novels

    3. Summarize Bradbury’s story in your own words and then respond to it.
    – Bradbury’s story is about a few children who all live on the planet Venus with their families. They are all about nine years old, and they are impatiently waiting for a momentous occasion.

    • Tsering Lama

      Hello Sammy,
      Yes, actually he didn’t much explain that part.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      This is a very interesting point, Sammy. We have a third person narrator, but they never reveal what happened to Margot during the traumatic close lock-in. It’s curious that the narrator keeps a lens trained on the children throughout the two hours– this seems very dark to me, as Margot is forgotten during the ecstasy of the sunshine.

  6. Tsering Lama

    1.Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s story, cut and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.
    = “It had been raining for seven years; thousands upon thousands of days compounded and filled from one end to the other with rain, with the drum and gush of water, with the sweet crystal fall of showers and the concussion of storms so heavy they were tidal waves come over the islands. ” this is my favorite quote because it really emphasizes the main idea of the story and gives us the clear background of the story. And it has significant meaning because it elaborates the existing scenario in Venus so the reader can accumulate the theme of the story.

    2. Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?
    = Fiction books allow us to create unique concepts or imagination in our heads and are a beautiful escape from the real world. Fiction books can also help to relate to the characters as if we were close friends. They were more than just elaborate stories. These science fiction stories are the representation of complex relationships and some universal struggle we face in reality and insight moral and unrighteous capacity of humans. The foremost fun fact about science fiction is it tries to illustrate a world that depicts our possible future adding some awesome adventurous story or character to it.

    3. Summarize Bradbury’s story in your own words and then respond to it

    =Bardbury’s story “All Summer in a Day” is about the girl named Margot who used to live on earth and now lives on the planet Venus where it had been raining for seven years. Margot is at school with her classmates. Margot here plays the main character who is trying to convey the truth about the sun but her classmates don’t really believe in her and locked Margot in the closet. After that Margot attempted to escape from Venus because since she grew up on the earth, she exactly knew that life is much better out there but her peers give her a lot of hindrance during her escape attempt. Later on, when other classmates discover the truth about Sun, they realize that because of them Margot will not get to see Sun for very long and feel really bad for their outrageous behavior towards Margot.
    This story tries to convey childhood innocence and treatment to new kids at school. Along with it strongly exhibits the children’s realization of their innocent mistake and emotion that comes at the end.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Wonderful attention to the way Bradbury establishes the setting of the story, Tsering. You are right that he uses a lot of vivid imagery to paint this different, foreign environment for the reader.

      I’m struck your use of the word “innocent.” Do you think Bradbury portrays the children as innocent?

      • Tsering Lama

        Well, Prof, I referred the word innocent to those realization acts by those other kids at the end toward Margot.

  7. Ashley Mora

    1.Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s story, cut and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.

    “Margot stood alone. She was a very frail girl who looked as if she had been lost in the rain for years and the rain had washed out the blue from her eyes and the red from her mouth and the yellow from her hair.”
    This quote sticks out to me the most. The entire story I felt the utmost compassion for Margot. Don’t get me wrong, I did feel sadness for the other children but to me this quote tells me that the emotions that Margot felt were a lot deeper than what the other children had experienced on Venus. Her classmates had each other because they all experienced the same dreadful 7 years of no rain. As opposed to Margot who was the only one that knew life on Earth. She felt as though no one understood her which caused her to be lonely. This quote sadly conveys the message of young girl that losses her innocence.

    2. Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?

    Reading fiction for me is one of the best ways to get my creative mind going. Being someone that enjoys this specific genre, I remember being lost in a book and never wanting it to end. For me it was always a healthy way to reduce stress and disconnect from the real world.
    Sci-fi also serves the same purpose, It will stimulate your imagination and introduce you to a new world that we aren’t familiar with which makes it a very intriguing genre.

    3. Summarize Bradbury’s story in your own words and then respond to it.

    Bradbury’s story takes place on Venus where it has solely rained for 7 years, we follow the narrative of a young girl named Margot and her classmates. The children in the story have never experienced a world outside of Venus, for them it has been 7 years of rain and the dreams of experiencing something new. On the other hand, Margot is a girl who unlike the other children she did experience the beauties of life on earth, which makes this so much harder for her to experience than the other children. On this particular day the children are in class anticipating a sunny day, they were imagining what it might look or feel like. Margot can’t seem to get the children to believe her when she describes what the sun looks like to her. They bully her and lock her in a closet while the sun begins to shine. After running around and enjoying something they never had, the sun gets lost in a mist bringing on rain once again. Soon enough all these emotions of sadness take over each child and they go on to look for Margot who is locked in a closet in silence.
    Bradbury’s story reveals how children may deal with the pressures of being stuck in a gloomy world where a kid cannot be a kid. This occurrence caused the children to develop emotions of sadness, disappointment, and also caused them to target Margot who in their eyes was different than them.

    • Tsering Lama

      Yes Ashley Mora, the writer tries to portray child psychology and exhibits their innocent emotions. I completely agree with your respond to it.

    • Tsering Lama

      Yes Ashley Mora, the writer tries to portray child psychology and exhibits their innocent emotions. I completely agree with your respond to it.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Ashley,
      This is a very wise quote to bring in, as it highlight’s Bradbury’s attention to characterization, and your consequential empathetic response as a reader. Excellent.

      I like your exploration of a world in which “a kid cannot be a kid” and the suppression of childhood being related to their bullying of Margot.

  8. Katy Phan

    1.Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s story, cut and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.
    “The children pressed to each other like so many roses, so many weeds, intermixed, peering out for a look at the hidden sun” (Bradbury). This quote displays children in a positive way (roses) and a negative way (weeds). Bradbury uses the symbol of plants in several instances in the story to symbolize the children mainly. He uses the word intermixed to signify that the well-behaved children intermingled with the ill-mannered ones. The last part of the quote signifies that they all needed a chance to experience the sun.

    2. Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?
    More than often, we hear people around us ask about the importance of reading fiction because, to them, they feel there is a lot to learn instead of spending their time reading fiction, which its best purpose is just for entertainment. Entertainment is one purpose of fiction, but there is a lot to fiction than just entertainment. One, fiction can help you experience empathy. When you read a story, you can relate to the characters and understand their perspective better. This will help you connect well with people in real life because you have been exercising the same in your imaginations while reading fiction. Additionally, it strengthens problem-solving skills. The characters are often presented with challenges, and reading how they solve them can help you solve similar problems in real life.
    On the other hand, science fiction predicts the future. Through it, we can address the issues of technological change, cultural crises, and existential risks that may occur or even define our future. It spikes deep imagination, which can prepare us mentally for what is to come. Additionally, it enables us to speculate about the happenings in the future and gives us tools to deal with these issues.

    3. Summarize Bradbury’s story in your own words and then respond to it.
    It tells a story of school-going children who, together with their parents, live on planet Venus. These children’s parents are colonists who established underground settlements by constructing long tunnels. However, here, rain is constant, and it falls in massive showers a day in day out. Therefore, the children have little to no sun experience because it only comes out once and lasts for one hour after every seven years.
    Its title, All Summer in a Day, literally means the day, after seven years, when the sun is visible. To the people living on this planet, this feels like a whole summer. However, metaphorically it means that in the seven years, that the day that other children show their humanity to Margot; therefore, for that period when the sun is out, Margot experiences a life free of cruelty. This means that Margot gets to enjoy a mental summer.

    • Ashley Mora

      I completely agree and like how you point out the meaning of the title, I read the story about 2 times and didn’t really think about the significance of the title until I read your post!

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Hi Katy,
      Good point about the plant metaphors Bradbury uses! Why do you think he characterizes the children as plants, some roses and some weeds?

      When the sun is out, does Margot experience a life free of cruelty? Interesting–let us think further about this–

  9. David

    1. Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s story, cut and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.

    “They looked at everything and savored everything. Then, wildly, like animals escaped from their caves, they ran and ran in shouting circles. They ran for an hour and did not stop running.”

    This quote is significant because of the simile the author made between the kids and animals locked up. Due to the weather on Venus, there is rain every day and only every 7 years, for two hours, the sun comes out. In Bradbury’s story the kids had not had any remembrance of the sun since they were only 2 years old, except for Margot who had seen the sun before! Once the kids saw a miracle before their eyes, the rain had finally stopped, and the sun rose at a high altitude warming the kids faces. From this narration the kids were compared to locked up animals who finally get to be free and happy. I found this quote significant because it makes, I, the read feel for the kids and animals who are locked up.

    5. Does the Venus location of the story make the narrative, or the ideas Bradbury conveys, foreign? Can we relate “All Summer in a Day” to summer 2021? Explain.

    The Venus location does convey Bradbury’s narrative and ideas to be foreign. As in Ray Bradbury’s, “All Summer in a Day”, it is a Science Fiction story. Fiction because all ideas are creative and unique made of the author. Additionally, science fiction because it involves a story in a planet from our solar system.

    I believe we could relate to “All Summer in a Day” to Summer 2021 because we are finally getting out to get fresh air. As in the story, “All Summer in a Day”, the characters are basically locked in doors due to the bad weather and every 7 years, the sun would come out for 2 hours. Due to the pandemic from 2020, we were all placed under quarantine and mostly everything transitioned to virtually. Moreover, under quarantine we were locked indoors and unable to get hit by the warm sun. Coming into Summer 2021, we are getting vaccinated and are being able to return to normal. From the reading the kids are able to go outside and feel free for only two hours. Thus, this relates to the feeling the kids felt being able to go outside, because it is a similar feeling, we have from quarantine ending.

    6. What do you think of Taina Clarke’s response to the essay, published in City Tech Writer?

    I believe Taina Clarke did an amazing essay by summarizing both stories and comparing the main characters. From both readings, Ray Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day” and John Cheever’s “The Swimmer”, Clarke’s essay I was able to show her understanding of both stories setting, plots and characters. From her comparison by characters and settings we can see how both stories have a similar concept but different ideas as well. In “All Summer in a Day” Bradbury’s main character Margot and from “The Swimmer” Cheever’s main character Swimmer both had the obstacle of weather and day. Clarke was able to compare the two characters and stories by stating how they both have unhappy events.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Good connections here, David, between life on Venus and the nature of quarantine during the pandemic. All this suppression has its effects on the psyche, for sure. There has been a lot of drag racing in my neighborhood and people seeming to want to overcompensate for being relegated indoors.

      We will get to “The Swimmer” soon!

  10. Nathalie Diaz

    1.Bradbury’s story of “All Summer in a Day” essentially takes place in Venus. Where it rains all day. However for one short hour the sun would come out and everyone would be able to enjoy what summer feels like. The main character Margot appears to be the only one who knows what the sun looks and feels like because she came from Earth. However we see how Margot is the child that is left out and neglected. “He gave her a shove. But she did not move; rather she let herself be moved only by him and nothing else. They edged away from her, they would not look at her.”

    3. Its unclear as to why the other children disliked her. It could have been a form of jealousy. This saddened me to see because no child should be neglected or felt left out for any reason. Margot showed great knowledge and self control as well. She never lashed out or confronted the other children for shoving her, calling her a liar, or even locking her in a closet. It goes to show how although she is a child, he carries herself well.

    6. What I enjoyed about Tania’s essay is that she manages to incorporate what we are going through in this current time with the story. She touches points on how the teacher who was suppose to play an important role on the safety of the children failed to do so. Tania also breaks down the similies that are within the story to give us a visualization on what is happening in the story. The breakdown within the story is direct, clear, and current. I enjoyed reading her story because it was extremely relatable. The flow of her writing was excellent.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Nathalie,
      Excellent work here. I’m interested in your observation that the other students are potentially jealous of Margot because of her knowledge and authority. She actually attempts to explain the sun to them, though they dismiss her claims. Why do they bully her? Do you think Bradbury is trying to say something about difference?

  11. Cgerman

    1.Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s story, cut and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.
    “A thousand forests had been crushed under the rain and grown up a thousand times to be crushed again .” This quote is my favorite because not only does it give context to the living situation of the people on Venus and why the sun is so important, but can also be seen as an analogy to life. Humans will fight every day to live, will be broken down by life’s troubles and still attempt to rise back up again despite knowing the struggles that they will face again.
    2. Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?
    We should read fiction for multiple reasons. A few the reasons are it helps cultivate emotional skills, it helps to develop a person’s creativity, and of course, just like all reading does, it helps to build one’s vocabulary. As for why we should read science fiction there are plenty of reasons as well. One of the reasons and if not the largest reason is that it helps the reader escape from reality for a brief period of time as they immerse themselves in the story. Another reason for reading science fiction is that it allows us as curious living creatures to explore the “what if” situations. For example, it allows to get a glimpse of what life would be like during a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion and imagine how we would survive those situations. Finally, we read science fiction because it is fun. The most important part of reading fiction is that we find joy in the act of reading these stories.

    6. What do you think of Taina Clarke’s response to the essay, published in City Tech Writer?
    Taina Clarke has a very interesting view of the story. Whereas when I read the story I was not thinking about the teacher being accountable and handling the blatant bullying occurring in this class, Taiana with her experience as a mother of a special needs child does. Her experiences as a mother provide a very unique perspective of the reading as she expertly breaks down the actions of the students during the essay and the lack of actions taken by the teacher to either stop the bullying or at the bare minimum, punish the students for their actions.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      German,
      What a terrific response here, especially to Taina’s analysis. You do a great job comparing your own reader response to hers and how the unique life experiences we all have influence our interpretations of texts and even life events.

  12. Yennifer Cepeda

    “They stood as if someone had driven them, like so many stakes, into the floor. They looked at each other and then looked away. They glanced out at the world that was raining now and raining and raining steadily. They could not meet each other’s glances. Their faces were solemn and pale. They looked at their hands and feet, their faces down. “Margot.” -Bradbury
    Personally I found this quote significant because it shows when the children realize that they are feeling the same way Margot has been feeling all along, ever since she arrived to Venus. This short story illustrates how the children bully Margot for the way she looks, her lack of communication with them, and also because she is the “newest” child in Venus. Which also shows a sad side to the story because the children feel the need to act like bullies and follow the bullies in order to fit in and have friends.

    -Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?
    One of the main reasons people read fiction is to escape reality for a moment, develop emotional skills and also to feel connected in some way. Fiction allows your imagination to spark, which allows your creativity to increase. Science fiction is another good way to deal with our stress in a healthy manner and also help with our imagination as well as learning new stuff.

    -What do you think of Taina Clarke’s response to the essay, published in City Tech Writer?
    Taina’s response to the essay was very interesting, especially how she made the connections between a teacher’s job and the influence it has on the children. She explains how the children should have been more aware of the children’s behavior and how she should have taken an interest in every child in the classroom. Because of the teacher’s lack of interest, the children were free to be bullies and not stand up when they know somebody is doing something wrong.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Yennifer,
      You’ve done a great job here underscoring the point in the narrative where Bradbury conveys the children’s shame. They recognize that they have done wrong, one characteristic of empathy (for both characters and readers).

  13. Promit Roy

    1.Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s story, cut and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.

    “She was a very frail girl who looked as if she had been lost in the rain for years and the rain had washed out the blue from her eyes and the red from her mouth and the yellow from her hair” (Bradbury,1954,p.1)

    The quote is significant because it reflects the detrimental effect Margot’s memory has on her. Margot is the only child in the group who is from Earth. She has the memory of the sun, and that separates her from the rest of the group. Something is missing in her life and she has the experience of it. It becomes more significant to her than others. It is difficult for Margot to adjust to the lifestyle in Venus. Other children do not have any memory of the sun, and they are used to the life of rain. When children play during recess, Margot does not participate. Margot was more optimistic than other children that the sun would come out. She had to be bullied by other children for her optimism because they did not believe her to be right about the sun.

    2.Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?

    “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you”- ― George Bernard Shaw.
    Not all fiction makes us laugh, but it influences our perspective of ourselves, society, and the environment when we read fiction. Some fiction leaves a long-lasting impression on the reader. Fiction means “untrue,” and the best stories and novels contain wisdom for living that cannot be captured in any other way. The human condition is complex and contradictory. A great fiction might reflect the complexity in its sentence and syntax. Although to what extent fiction can influence the reader, it depends on the reader. It seems that when we read a book, the book also reads to us. Human beings are creatures with the power of imagination. Science fiction is an example of such power. In science fiction, writers try to predict the future that humans could achieve. It is also time relevant in that sense. By reading science fiction, we exercise our Imagination and stretch it to some extent. In order to achieve scientific achievement, we have to imagine its possibility. As Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas Imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

    3.Choose an idea from my lecture to apply to “All Summer in a Day.”

    In the lecture, it is mentioned that literature had emerged as secular text in the early Renaissance in response to religious texts that were prevalent at that time. The idea was going against the social norm and convention at that time. Margot was confident that the sun would come out in the story, although other children did not believe her. Other children bullied her for her beliefs, but she stuck to it. Even though she was not able to see the sun, she was proven right. The sun eventually came out, and in the end, the children were ashamed of their behaviors.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Promit,
      Very smart response here. Thanks for making the connection between secular texts, science, and Margot’s scientific knowledge, for which she is outcast. Can we draw any parallels between the way Margot is treated and scientists today?

  14. Shafi Ahmed

    Question one

    My favorite quote from Bradbury’s story is, “Only when they sang about the sun and the summer did her lips move as she watched the drenched windows. And then, of course, the biggest crime of all was that she had come here only five years ago from Earth, and she remembered the sun and the way the sun was and the sky was when she was four in Ohio. And they, they had been on Venus all their lives, and they had been only two years old when last the sun came out and had long since forgotten the color and heat of it and the way it really was. But Margot remembered. “It’s like a penny,” she said once, eyes closed. “No, it’s not!” the children cried. “It’s like a fire,” she said, “in the stove.” “You’re lying. You don’t remember!” cried the children.” This part of the story is significant because it captures the real reason why Margot’s classmates hated her and why she did not fit in with the rest of them. Children can be very mean to their peers who seem different or are unable to fit in, and that is why bullying is still a significant concern in schools. Margot has a clear memory of what summer and the sun feel like from her days on Earth, but she cannot convince the other children because they have no idea how it feels or looks like. Since she is the only one who has experienced it, and other kids cannot even conceive the picture (they saw the sun for less than an hour when they were two years old), her peers treat her like an outcast. But, on the other hand, Margot does not doubt in her mind, and she saw the sun during the multiple summers, Spring and Autumn, spent in Ohio until she was four.

    Question Two: Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?

    There are numerous reasons for reading fiction, especially science fiction. The genre has an unlimited number of authors with endless assortments of literary works. These often provide us with near-perfect examples and bodies of work that help us understand different literary elements. In addition, reading fictional literature can be enlightening on the unlimited possibilities that came to life when science meets creative writing. Here, the only limitation is the capabilities of our imagination, and the creations of our imagination do not have to follow conventional logic or ‘rules of nature.” For instance, in the Bradbury story, people live in underground structures on the planet Venus, where the rain is constantly falling and only stops during the summer. The summer comes once every seven years and only lasts for two hours. Isn’t that fascinating?

    Question Three: Summary and Response

    Margot is a nine-year-old girl whose parents moved from Earth to Venus when she was four. Other children in Margot’s class treat her like an outcast because, unlike the rest of them, she was born on Earth and her parents have plans of returning to Earth. Having lived on Earth, her experiences with the sun and summer are entirely different from what the rest of the children know. As one would expect, the other kids tease and bully her. However, this goes too far when they lock her in a closet. She misses a very important experience while living on Venus; a chance to see and play in the sun, on a summer experience that lasts less than two hours and only happens once every seven years.

    Being a science fiction story, most of it seems realistic, and the story is narrated brilliantly. The description of the protagonist, such as in “Margot stood alone. She was a very frail girl who looked as if she had been lost in the rain for years, and the rain had washed out the blue from her eyes and the red from her mouth, and the yellow from her hair. She was an old photograph dusted from an album, whitened away, and if she spoke at all, her voice would be a ghost. Now she stood, separate, staring at the rain and the loud wet world beyond the huge glass.” Captures the essence of uprooting a young girl and taking her to an alien planet; this evokes many emotions for the readers. The story is very emotional, even though it is fictional

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Shafi,
      Outstanding work here. You bring important attention to Margot’s uprooting and the ways in which she has suffered on Venus, including at the hands of her classmates. What do you think Bradbury is trying to say about migration?

  15. Yuderka

    1. Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s story, cut and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.

    “It had been raining for seven years; thousands upon thousands of days compounded and filled from one end to the other with rain, with the drum and gush of water, with the sweet crystal fall of showers and the concussion of storms so heavy they were tidal waves come over the islands. A thousand forests had been crushed under the rain and grown up a thousand times to be crushed again. And this was the way life was forever on the planet Venus,
    It had been raining for seven years; thousands upon thousands of days compounded and filled from one end to the other with rain, with the drum and gush of water, with the sweet crystal fall of showers and the concussion of storms so heavy they were tidal waves come over the islands. A thousand forests had been crushed under the rain and grown up a thousand times to be crushed again. And this was the way life was forever on the planet Venus”

    This quote made me think of the early portion of the pandemic during the lock down. Bradbury is brilliant at conveying the chaos of 7 years of rain that parallels the chaos we felt when we were filled with uncertainty. The Lock down felt like “thousands upon thousands of days compounded” all the days locked in seemed to blend in. it felt like being on another planet, like it was a new way of life we arevto become accustomed to like the kids were.

    2. Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?

    Fiction can be real life experiences some you may relate to. Situations that may be fantastical but not impossible. If you have a preference for something that’s close enough to your wworld that you can fathom but far away enough for it to still be an escape.

    Science fiction pushes your imagination beyond the world we know. You heavily rely on the authors use of imagery and description you place yourself in the world they’ve created for us. Reality isn’t restricting possibilities because the author can bend their world to their favor and there’s no bigger escape than escaping somewhere otherworldly. I find it fascinating that you can still resonate with situations and characters that are impossible inn the real world.

    5. Does the Venus location of the story make the narrative, or the ideas Bradbury conveys, foreign? Can we relate “All Summer in a Day” to summer 2021? Explain.

    There are some details that inform us they are in Venus. However, the same narrative could be told in an earth setting. Despite this being on another planet there wasn’t a lot of mention of foreign elements we wouldn’t find on earth. For starters rain, also they were able to be out without being scorched by the sun.

    “But they were running and turning their faces up to the sky and feeling the sun on their cheeks like a warm iron; they were taking off their jackets and letting the sun burn their arms.”

    This scene could’ve taken place on earth. There were no blue people, they weren’t floating, no spaceships. Also, there were mention of trees and jungles, would a planet as hot as Venus have plants? The normalcy in this story felt very earthlike. So, I would say the setting did not make the narrative.

    “All summer in a day” certainly relates to summer 2021. After 7 years of rain the kids feel immense joy and freedom similar to the joy most if us feel now that there’s this renewed sense of normalcy thanks to the vaccine. After being locked down and unable to enjoy the company of friends and family. But as the children run out to enjoy the sun the Teacher calls out

    “Now, don’t go too far, You’ve only two hours. You wouldn’t want to get caught out!”

    Which reminded me of the fact that although we can enjoy this summer we still have to abide by some restrictions and practice caution because we aren’t fully over this pandemic yet.

  16. SamWithAnS

    1.Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s story, cut and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.

    “You’re lying, you don’t remember !”

    I think this quote can be interpreted in so many ways, when I read it my eyes lit up. It shows denial, envy, loathing and depredation all in 5 words. The way I see it the Denial aspect can be seen as this, none of the other students in that class have seen the sun or better yet they have but they were 2 years old and no one can remember. No one except Margot who was born on earth, Ohio, that is. So none of the classmates want to accept that Margot already knows what everyone in the class is hyped up to see. Kind of like when someone spoils a show or movie to you that you were waiting weeks or maybe months for. The envy part is really clear based off of this chunk of text “And then, of course,the biggest crime of all was that she hadcome here only five years ago from Earth,and she remembered the sun and the waythe sun was and the sky was when she wasfour in Ohio. And they, they had been onVenus all their lives, and they had been onlytwo years old when last the sun came outand had long since forgotten the color andheat of it and the way it really was.” that was mentioned a few lines before my quote.
    Loathing and depredation are expressed in a more subtle way, but by reading a little ahead its revealed that Margot may be someone of special needs and for that reason might return to earth with her father and mother which only made her classmates hate her more and the narrator also mentioned this “They hated her pale snow face, her waiting silence, her thinness, and her possible future.”

    2. Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?

    Why not?

    But in all seriousness, reading fiction and science fiction opens up a persons imagination and allows the reader to immerse them selves in the fictional world that their book resides in. For example the the hobbit takes you on this HUGE adventure filled with thrill, friendship, immense amount of action and adventure. There’s no limitation in fiction. The wonderful part about science fiction is people know its fiction but it resides somewhat in the dome of reality which leads to the following and in my opinion the best part. Some crazy and smart person will go out of their way to see if that science is actually possible which has actually led to some really cool things. A good example would be the YouTube channel called ” The HackSmith” who has a giant library of fictional things that him and his team have made or attempted to make reality.
    3. Summarize Bradbury’s story in your own words and then respond to it.

    Bradbury’s story is about a class filled with 9 year old’s, a very irresponsible teacher and a school that is located on Venus where it rains every second except for 1-2 hours every 7 years. Everyone except one girl, Margot, in the class hasn’t seen the sun before and hate her because she comes from Earth. Where the thing that they wait 7 years for, is always coming out. With the aforementioned privilege that the girl once had the rest of the class do the one thing that they deem to be fitting for someone like her who comes from earth. They lock her away in a closet when the teacher leaves them unsupervised so that Margot wouldn’t have the pleasure to see the sun.

    When reading this I felt sort of underwhelmed, seeing their reasonings as petty and uncalled for when it came to what they did to Margot. But then I thought to myself, of course their reasons will be bad. THEY’RE 9 YEAR OLDS! This led to me actually wanting to read more. I wanted to know what happened after they let Margot out, but it ends there on cliff hanger.

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      I appreciate the humor and emphasis here, Sam. Good points about the age of the children, and nice reader response.

  17. fengling

    1. “The children pressed to each other like so many roses, so many weeds, intermixed, peering out for a look at the hidden sun.” This quote indicates the use of a metaphor where the plants symbolize the children. This quote informs us about the description of children both in the positive and the negative terms, as represented by the roses and weeds. It indicates that children are not all innocent and sweet. The roses symbolize the sweet and innocent aspect, yet the weeds tell the nasty negative side of children. Moreover, the author suggests that they are “intermixed,” implying that children are not entirely good or bad. As plants require the sun to grow, so are the children’s needs for growth.
    2. Fiction makes us more empathetic to other people. Moreover, it helps children develop social skills because they can interact with the imagery, thus creating a platform for the present. Science fiction encourages imagination, and critical thinking, promoting interest in science, as it shows us the possibilities that we can never behold or hear. Through science fiction, we can focus on the future because our present pauses for a while. It enables an individual to look forward to a possible world if they work towards it. Thus, fiction enables individuals to learn about focus.
    3. In the short story “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury, a group of school children who live on the planet Venus is jealous of Margot because she had seen the sun before on Earth when she was four while the other children do not remember. On Venus, the sun only comes out after seven years for two hours, and the children are eager for the predicted appearance of the sun, as there is endless rain on the planet. Margot is a quiet and timid child, and the other children did not associate with her because she was different; hence they would bully her. She refused to participate in class activities that did not include the sun. The bullying put her down, and she yearned to go back to Earth, for she did not fit in and was lonely. The children lock her up in a closet when the teacher is not around, and they head out through a tunnel. Suddenly, the sun comes out, the rains seize, and the children run out to enjoy the sun. After a while, rain begins again, and they are ashamed as they head back to open the closet for Margot.

  18. Nawal Maghraoui

    1.Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s story, cut and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.

    “And so, the children hated her for all these reasons of big and little consequence.”
    This quote is significant because it reflects the life that Margot, one of the children in Venus, lived. She was different from the other children, and she never fit in. No specific reason is apparent in the story that seems to explain or to justify why the children hated her, other than she looked different, and she had arrived in Venus later than they had. From the quote, it is clear that it did not seem to matter to the children the reason for their hatred. They simply hated her. The quote signifies the reason for children’s actions.

    2. Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?

    The principal reason for reading fiction is to develop cognitive insight and agility. Fictitious stories enable people to acquire on demand emotional skills and enhance their ability to be open-minded when processing information, which is essential for effective decision-making. Reading fiction also promotes understanding or helps people develop empathy. When people read fictitious narratives, they are compelled to put themselves in the characters’ situations, prompting them to develop compassion. In other words, imagining stories plays a central role in activating the brain’s component responsible for understanding other people’s conditions and viewing the world in a different perspective. Reading fictitious stories forms one of the best approaches to building empathy, creativity, and critical thinking. Thus, fiction forms a distinctively powerful way of tapping into imagination, understanding others, and exercising one’s thoughts.

    Reading science fiction enable readers to develop a better understanding of the world. Instead of constraining readers’ ability to manage reality, exposure to science fiction expands their capacity to explore reality from the scientific perspective. Moreover, reading science fiction gives readers a platform to deal with complexity and apply their creativity to consider various approaches to handling life challenges. Science fiction enables readers to grapple with the uncertainty and ambiguity of the current times, making them active agents and shapers of their destinies. By reading science fiction, readers can cope with their challenges and learn lessons that could help them develop their unique strategies for resilience. The agility and critical thinking behavior prompted by science fiction can produce the suppleness and creativity that the current socioeconomic and political environments require. Therefore, apart from being entertaining, reading science fiction teaches readers multiple lessons about the world.

    3. Summarize Bradbury’s story in your own words and then respond to it.

    Summary

    Bradbury tells the story of children whose parents decided that it was better for them to leave Earth and settle in Venus. Other than Margot, all the children left Earth when they were two years old, and they do not have any memories of it. The children wait in anticipation for the sun, which they have not experienced since they settled on the planet. They wait in anticipation, as the scientists have predicted that this year the sun will emerge for two hours and the rain will stop. Only Margot remembers the sun, and the children are jealous because of this. They are also jealous because there is talk that Margot may be going back to Earth. The family had spent a significant portion of the money to settle in space, and they may have to lose it all if they return to Earth.
    The children do not believe what Margot says about the sun, and they bully her constantly. They express their hatred by denying her the chance to see the one thing that she has been anticipating since she joined them. They decide to lock her in the closet, and they go out and enjoy the sun once it comes out. Since the sun is only out for two hours, the children forget everything else as they run and play. They only remember her once the first raindrop falls. By this time, the sun has already disappeared once again, and the scientists predict that it will only emerge after seven years.

    Response

    I liked the story because it brings a unique perspective of human emotion, showing that jealousy begins at a young age and it can be due to diverse factors. Being different and unique can be a challenging experience, as it sets one apart from others. Other people fail to understand a person who is different since each individual is informed by his or her own experience. Other than Margot, the rest of the children had similar experiences. Therefore, they were informed by their own single perspective. They have not had experiences that would help them to understand Margot. Consequently, they fail to realize that her longing for the sun is different from their own expectations. She longs for something that she has already experienced, enjoyed, and had the benefits of extensively. On their end, the children long for something new, which they have never experienced. These are different perspectives. The children only remember Margot once the fun experience is over. It does not occur to them that they have caused her pain through her actions. At the same time, the story explores how parents tend to make decisions without regarding the best interests of their children. They consider the benefits that they will have. The children in the story will only see the sun again after seven years. This situation may not be a healthy environment to live in, but their parents do not show any sign of leaving Venus.

  19. Nawal Maghraoui

    1.Choose your favorite quote from Bradbury’s story, cut and paste it into your response, and explain what you think is significant about it.

    “And so, the children hated her for all these reasons of big and little consequence.”
    This quote is significant because it reflects the life that Margot, one of the children in Venus, lived. She was different from the other children, and she never fit in. No specific reason is apparent in the story that seems to explain or to justify why the children hated her, other than she looked different, and she had arrived in Venus later than they had. From the quote, it is clear that it did not seem to matter to the children the reason for their hatred. They simply hated her. The quote signifies the reason for children’s actions.

    2. Why read fiction? Why read science fiction?

    The principal reason for reading fiction is to develop cognitive insight and agility. Fictitious stories enable people to acquire on demand emotional skills and enhance their ability to be open-minded when processing information, which is essential for effective decision-making. Reading fiction also promotes understanding or helps people develop empathy. When people read fictitious narratives, they are compelled to put themselves in the characters’ situations, prompting them to develop compassion. In other words, imagining stories plays a central role in activating the brain’s component responsible for understanding other people’s conditions and viewing the world in a different perspective. Reading fictitious stories forms one of the best approaches to building empathy, creativity, and critical thinking. Thus, fiction forms a distinctively powerful way of tapping into imagination, understanding others, and exercising one’s thoughts.

    Reading science fiction enable readers to develop a better understanding of the world. Instead of constraining readers’ ability to manage reality, exposure to science fiction expands their capacity to explore reality from the scientific perspective. Moreover, reading science fiction gives readers a platform to deal with complexity and apply their creativity to consider various approaches to handling life challenges. Science fiction enables readers to grapple with the uncertainty and ambiguity of the current times, making them active agents and shapers of their destinies. By reading science fiction, readers can cope with their challenges and learn lessons that could help them develop their unique strategies for resilience. The agility and critical thinking behavior prompted by science fiction can produce the suppleness and creativity that the current socioeconomic and political environments require. Therefore, apart from being entertaining, reading science fiction teaches readers multiple lessons about the world.

    3. Summarize Bradbury’s story in your own words and then respond to it.

    Summary

    Bradbury tells the story of children whose parents decided that it was better for them to leave Earth and settle in Venus. Other than Margot, all the children left Earth when they were two years old, and they do not have any memories of it. The children wait in anticipation for the sun, which they have not experienced since they settled on the planet. They wait in anticipation, as the scientists have predicted that this year the sun will emerge for two hours and the rain will stop. Only Margot remembers the sun, and the children are jealous because of this. They are also jealous because there is talk that Margot may be going back to Earth. The family had spent a significant portion of the money to settle in space, and they may have to lose it all if they return to Earth.
    The children do not believe what Margot says about the sun, and they bully her constantly. They express their hatred by denying her the chance to see the one thing that she has been anticipating since she joined them. They decide to lock her in the closet, and they go out and enjoy the sun once it comes out. Since the sun is only out for two hours, the children forget everything else as they run and play. They only remember her once the first raindrop falls. By this time, the sun has already disappeared once again, and the scientists predict that it will only emerge after seven years.

    Response

    I liked the story because it brings a unique perspective of human emotion, showing that jealousy begins at a young age and it can be due to diverse factors. Being different and unique can be a challenging experience, as it sets one apart from others. Other people fail to understand a person who is different since each individual is informed by his or her own experience. Other than Margot, the rest of the children had similar experiences. Therefore, they were informed by their own single perspective. They have not had experiences that would help them to understand Margot. Consequently, they fail to realize that her longing for the sun is different from their own expectations. She longs for something that she has already experienced, enjoyed, and had the benefits of extensively. On their end, the children long for something new, which they have never experienced. These are different perspectives. The children only remember Margot once the fun experience is over. It does not occur to them that they have caused her pain through her actions. At the same time, the story explores how parents tend to make decisions without regarding the best interests of their children. They consider the benefits that they will have. The children in the story will only see the sun again after seven years. This situation may not be a healthy environment to live in, but their parents do not show any sign of leaving Venus.

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