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Something Wicked This Way Comes

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by Ashley Springer on 15 May 2013

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by: Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes Background of the author Ray Bradbury was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois
and died on June 5, 2012 in Los Angeles. He was surrounded by a loiving, extended family. That period provided foundations for his writing in the future. At age 11 Bradbury started writing his own stories. Bradbury married Marguerite McClure on January 16, 1922. They had four daughters. Bradbury had many close friends such as Charles Addams Plot It is about two 13-year-old boys on the vurge of their 14th birthdays, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, these boys have a horrid experience with a nightmarish traveling carnival that comes to their town one October. The carnival's leader, "Mr. Dark" who hass a tattoo for each person who, lured by the offer to live out his secret fantasies, has become bound in service to the carnival. Mr. Dark's presence is countered by that of Will's father, Charles Halloway, who harbors his own secret desire to regain his youth because he feels as though he is too old for Will. charles, wills father, outsmarts Mr. Dark, finds his son, kills the Witch, and destroys the Mirror Maze in a matter of minutes, all through the use of laughter and happiness. He then later finds Mr. Dark and kills him. Characters -William "Will" Halloway
Born one minute before midnight on October 30, Will is naturally obedient and wary of getting involved in difficult situations; nonetheless, he takes on an active role in fighting the carnival's evil power.
-James "Jim" Nightshade
Born one minute after midnight on October 31, Jim is brooding and brash, acting as a foil for Will's cautiousness and practicality. Friends with Will Halloway.
-Charles Halloway
A middle-aged man who starts out in the novel as quiet and unhappy. He's not very close to his son, but eventually gains self-awareness and faith while up against the carnival.
-G. M. Dark
The main antagonist, a sinister man who bears tattoos all over his body; one for each person successful person he lures to join his carnival.
-J. C. Cooger
Dark's partner in running the carnival, Mr. Cooger is a fierce, red-headed man who is first seen repairing the carousel.
-The Dust Witch
A blind soothsayer with a sixth sense and the ability to perform many feats of magic, the Witch is portrayed as one of the carnival's most dangerous members.
-Miss Foley
A fifty-year-old schoolteacher of Will and Jim. Much like the other victims of the carnival, Miss Foley wished to become young. Her wish is granted, although she is transformed into a little girl with all her memories intact.
-The Skeleton
An extremely thin, skeleton-like creature who is one of the more frequently appearing freaks. Like all of the other freaks, he once desired to be younger and was eventually tricked into joining the carnival.

A lightning rod salesman who is turned into an insane dwarf by the carnival Genre This novel has the genre of fantasy and horror, it gets this
genre because it has
scary situations that could make you jump out of your seat
It also has the genre "fantasy" due to its imagination
throughout the novel such as (dwarfs, witches, etc..). This book
is also science fiction because the things hapoening are things
that aren't possible in reality. Themes The themes in this novel include " Acceptance, Age, and Common cause. Something Wicked This Way Comes considers the various aspects of acceptance. Bradbury suggests that the ability to accept oneself is not simply a trait that people have; it is a quality that people must develop. Acceptance- Age- Charles Halloway learns that what matters is not the number of years that one has been alive but the feeling that one has, the love for life that one exhibits. If you are young at heart and desire only to run like a younger boy then you may do so, even at age fifty-four. Common cause- The idea of common cause is put forth by Charles Halloway as his reason for why people are kind to each other. When you believe that you have something in common with someone else then you are willing to do things that you would not otherwise be willing to do. Quote "Not words, old man," said Mr. Dark. "Not words in books or words you say but real thoughts, real actions, quick thought, quick action, win the day."
- Mr. Dark Quote You'll live and get hurt," she said, in the dark. "But when it's time, tell me. Say goodbye. Otherwise, I might not let you go. Wouldn't that be terrible, to just grab ahold?" -Jims mother Recommendation I feel like everyone should read this novel, its a mystery, with a little twist of gruesome, and horror. It's an "edge of your seat" kind of novel. This was a great novel to read because it kept you entertained and full of excitement. Readers would enjoy this book, only if they are at an age to understand it. I highly recommend that everybody read "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
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