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Transcript of Ray Bradbury
Graduated from high school in 1938
He received no further education
Published first set of short stories in 1947 in a collection called Dark Carnival
Fully established his writing career with his short story collection called The Martian Chronicles in 1950
The Literary Era
Distinctive diction throughout his work
A brief background...
Born in 1920 in Illinois
Hometown was featured in
many stories as a symbol of
Family moved to California
Descendent of Mary
Bradbury, who was tried at
the Salem Witch Trials
Short stories that we'll be reading in class...
There Will Come Soft Rains
Sound of Thunder
Contemporary literature began during WWII and the Cold War
Influenced by threats of nuclear attack (There Will Come Soft Rains)
Pedestrian was inspired by real life experience
Fahrenheit 451 storyline was inspired by WWII events
"...great python spitting
its venomous kerosene"
"With the brass nozzle
in his fist..." (Fahrenheit 451)
"...his hands were the
hands of some amazing
conductor playing all the
symphonies of blazing
"...the house jumped up in a
gorging fire that burned the
evening sky red and yellow
and black." (Fahrenheit 451)
Consists of simple language, engaging imagery, and straightforward diction
Themes and Motifs
Shadow vs. Light
Self-evaluation saves from self-destruction
Individual vs. Conformity
Intuition vs. Logic