Phenomenally poetic, just to sum up Bradbury’s use of setting. Bradbury began with ” In the Living room the voice clock sang, Tick-tock, seven o’clock time to get up, time to get up, seven o’clock! as if were afraid that nobody would. ” (p.1). and “Seven nine, breakfast time, seven-nine!” (pg.1). From the beginning of the story Bradbury’s use of personification and alliteration, settled in great formation of a dramatic story of dystopian tragedy. Automatically, my attention was drawn to the story with the question of what is “it”? Which Bradbury spoke of in the opening sentence.
Then the second paragraphs, Bradbury writes, “In the kitchen the breakfast stove gave a hissing sigh and ejected from its warm interior eight pieces of perfectly browned toast, eight eggs Sunnyside up, sixteen slices of bacon, two coffees, and two cool glasses of milk.” (pg. 1). So far, in the first two paragraphs the reader is given the setting (The living room and kitchen) as the opening words of both paragraphs. However, what is fascinating about the first paragraph is the human traits of the household items. Beginning with the voice-singing clock and sighing stove.
By this point an assumption is made that Bradbury intentionally used literary elements to spice up his story. However, Bradbury continued to give human features to inanimate items. In a single paragraph, Bradbury writes, “Somewhere in the walls, relays clicked, memory tapes glided under electric eyes.(pg.01). Still in the beginning of the story, Bradbury continue to bring things to life, which only broaden my curiosity to suspicion.
Moving forward, it couldn’t have been a coincidence that Bradbury used such eloquent literacy just for literary sake. Then comes the beginning of page two, which made all assumptions accurate. At the beginning of page two, Bradbury writes,
“Until this day, how well the house had kept its peace. How carefully it had inquired, “Who goes there? What’s the password?” and, getting no answer from lonely foxes and whining cats, it had shut up its windows and drawn shades in an old maidenly preoccupation with self-protection which bordered on a mechanical paranoia. It quivered at each sound, the house did. (pg.02)
And as it was written, the house was ALIVE!!! Bradbury was clever in hinting the life of the house, as it is easily mistaken for literary magnificence. Moreover, further along into the story there isn’t any suggestion of actual characters, other than the recorded people of the past. It is realized the main character of the story is actually the house, in addition to the main setting. In fact, it goes without saying the house is very humanly, as it displayed strong human emotions such as, sadness, fear and disgust. In all, Bradbury did a fantastic job in displaying literary brilliance, while maintaining the theme of Dystopian drama without the use of actual people.
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