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"I See You Never" by Ray Bradbury

A short story analysis.
by

Andrea Strong

on 30 April 2013

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Transcript of "I See You Never" by Ray Bradbury

"I See You Never" by Ray Bradbury •Exposition: Mr. Ramirez is Ms. O’Brian’s best tenant. He is being taken. He has lived in her rooming house for 2 years since he came from Mexico City to work on airplanes.

•Rising Action: Mr. Ramirez had been living there for 2 ½ years, when his Visa only lasted 2.

•Climax: Mr. Ramirez has already packed his bags, since he is being deported. There is nothing Ms. O’ Brian can do.

•Falling Action: Mr. Ramirez starts to cry and say that he doesn’t want to go back.

•Resolution: Mr. Ramirez thanks her for being so kind to him, during his stay. While leaving, he says, “I’ll see you never.” Plot • Round/Dynamic: Mr. Ramirez

• Round/Static: Mrs. O’Brian

• Flat: The Officers, Mrs. O’Brian’s Kids Characters • The major themes are separation, change and possibly death.

o Mrs. O’Brian and Mr. Ramirez are separated and Mr. Ramirez is separated from his “American dream.”

o Mr. Ramirez has to adjust to leaving Mrs. O’Brian. Mrs. O’Brian has to do the same.

o Mr. Ramirez and Mrs. O’Brian realize that they will soon be “dead” to each other and they will most likely never see each other again. Mr. Ramirez’s dream is also “dead”. Theme Mr. Ramirez was an average man who lived in a room and paid rent to the land lady. He had moved from Mexico to L.A. As he came home one day, he had learned that it was his time to leave, for he had not been a legal citizen of the U.S. He told Mrs. O’Brian that he would “see her never”. It is shortly after she leaves that she realizes that she will never see Mr. Ramirez again. Summary Presented by: Andrea Strong, Samantha Blake, and Miles Barksdale Foreshadowing is in the title, I See You Never. It foreshadows that someone is either never around to be seen by someone else or that someone will never see another person again. In this case it was the latter and the title also foreshadows the part when Mr. Ramirez and Mrs. O’Brian actually say the words “I see you never”. Foreshadowing Figurative Language The story is told in third person; the narrator is not in the story. Point of View •The story takes place at the back porch of Mrs. O’Brian’s rooming house.
-The story takes place around dinner time.
-The year in which it takes place is not prominently stated in the story but it can be implied that it took place in the 1900s. Setting •The conflict is man vs. society.

-It is man vs. society because Mr. Ramirez had stayed with Mrs. O’Brian six months later than the government allowed and he would have to be deported back to Mexico. Conflict How many months total did Mr. Ramirez stay with Mrs. O’Brian?
Why do you think Mr. Ramirez came to America?
Have you lost something or someone that you knew you’d never see again? Question Time! When Mrs. O’Brian had realized that she would never see Mr. Ramirez again. Irony The story could symbolize a man making his way in the world, like Mr. Ramirez was shown to do, when he was in the city. When he was being deported it symbolizes you losing it all because of maybe a mistake that you have made, such as how if Mr. Ramirez wanted to stay in the U.S. he should have applied for citizenship. Symbolism Can be shown when they were describing the city that Mr. Ramirez used to live in.

“The hot days, the endless crickets leaping and falling or lying dead and brittle like the small cigars in the shop windows’ and the canals taking river water out to the farms, the dirt roads, the scorched fields, the little adobe houses, the bleached clothes, the eroded landscape.”
“She remembered the silent towns, the warm beer, the hot, thick foods each day. She remembered the slow, dragging horses and the parched jack rabbits on the road. She remembered the iron mountains and the dusty valleys and the ocean beaches that spread hundreds of miles with no sound but the waves —no cars, no buildings, nothing” Imagery “The pies would come out with complexions like Mr. Ramirez’s, brown and shiny and crisp, with slits in them for the air almost like the slits of Mr. Ramirez’s dark eyes.”
“Mr. Ramirez gazed at his feet, as if they had carried him into all this trouble.” Similes
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