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The Foghorn by Ray Bradbury

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Nikki Rudakov

on 1 December 2014

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Transcript of The Foghorn by Ray Bradbury

It is a quarter past seven on a frigid November evening and McDunn and Johnny are working the night hours at the lighthouse. McDunn wants to show Johnny something. Johnny is confused but his curiosity takes the better of him, so he decides to follow his friend. McDunn explains that the something has been showing up at the lighthouse 3 years. All is swell and silent while they patiently wait for an event to take place.
Exposition:
Rising Action:
Johnny is very shocked and cannot believe
his eyes. "It's impossible!" he exclaims. Slowly the water begins to come closer to the lighthouse. McDunn and Johnny begin to see a vast head with immense eyes and a very long neck 40 feet above the water! Then, a body cames out and looks like a little island with shells and crayfish. Johnny is still very shocked and could not believe his eyes. Soon, the monster begins to call the foghorn with the same raspy lonely voice, a shrieking and scratching cry.
Rising Action:
The monster kept on calling with the same rasping shrieky cry. After a while, McDunn and Johnny decided to shut off the fog horn and investigate what will happen. The monster froze for a while, opening its mouth to say something, but nothing came out. Its eyes twitch and then his eyes catch on fire. It began rushing towards the tower, its eyes filled with anger and compete rage. As the monster storkes towards the lighthouse, McDunn quickly turnes on the foghorn but succedd does not follow. The monster continues.
Rising Action:
The Fog Horn sounded for 30 minutes. Finally, something began swimming towards the lighthouse. McDunn and Johnny are inside the lighthouse looking down at the lonely sea. It was a cold night and you can't see very clearly but there was something moving it's way towards the lighthouse. First, there was a ripple, then a wave, a rising bubble and then it was very close. This make Johnny anxious. It also represents that something either good or bad might occur.
Nikol Rudakov
The Foghorn by Ray Bradbury
Climax:
The Climax occured when the monster
approached the light house, roaring and shrieking. It began to hit the tower with breathtaking strength, scratching the lighthouse with its claws. McDunn and Johnny ran down the endless amount of stairs. The tower rocked, trembled, and began to fall. Everything crumbled to the ground and McDunn and Johnny were stuck inside with the dark forbidding giant. This is the most unexpected part in the story, and the most exciting part in the short story. Also, it's the action that led and evolved to the theme.
The Monster began to leave the broken lighthouse. However, it continues to cry as it did when it first approached the lighthouse. It does not want to be alone again. The monster swam away still crying and calling. McDunn and Johnny listened carefully to the monsters voice all night inside the light house. The following day, the sun was hot and yellow. Fortunately, rescuers came to dig them out. They both survived.
Falling Action:
I think the theme of "The Fog Horn" by Ray Bradbury is anger and love: “Someone's always waiting for someone who never comes home. Always someone loving something more than that thing loves them. After a while you want to destroy whatever that thing is, so it can hurt you no more." (from the text). This story evolves around the monster finally finding someone/thing that is just like it. Finally there is someone who came back for him, so he will stop being alone. The monster is finally happy and knows that there is someone who loves him just as much as he loves it. As McDunn and Johnny turn off the fog horn, the monster becomes confused. When the monster realized that "his new friend" is not like him, he is hurt and upset. So he stops his pain by destroying the light house. This shows the monster is upset and is angry. The monster finally found someone like him, but then it turns out to be not real. Additionally, in the text, it says that the moment the foghorn turned off, the monster froze but then his eyes caught fire. This shows the anger and pain the monster felt when realizing he is all alone in this world. When he leaves he keeps on calling with the same voice, this shows that the monster doesn't want to believe he is all alone in this world. He wants to have someone to love and someone who will be there for him.
Theme:
McDunn and Johnny are safe and have started a new life. Johnny has new job in a small town, with a new and lovely wife. They both live in a sweet, little house. McDunn became the master of the new lighthouse, built for his own specifications, this time made of steel-reinforced concrete. The new lighthouse was ready in November. Johnny came sometimes to visit. But the monster never did likewise.
Resolution:
The major conflict in the story, "The Fog Horn" by Ray Bradbury, is person vs. society. I believe the monster is versing the universe. The monster is all alone, but it still believes there is a chance for happiness in his life. Competing against it for a chance of happiness in life. This time, the monster found happiness but the universe taught him that his kind are long gone and that he will always be alone. The monster is desperate, but he understands that even after one million years of waiting, no one like him come. That is another reason he destroyed the light house, the anger of knowing he waited for nothing.
Major Conflicts:
I think the setting in the story, "The Fog Horn" by Ray Bradbury, takes place at a lighthouse with the Lonesome Bay horn. It was a cold November evening, and the ocean water was cold. There was no town for 100 miles down the coast. Just a lonely road that came through the dead country to the sea. Only a few cars and ships were visible that night due to the mist and fog. In the beginning of the story, it starts by explaining what the weather was in the story. Since it says it was a cold night, you can predict it was during fall to winter time. After a few more paragraphs it describes the time of year the story takes place at. Though for the place it take place at, there is no specific location but it is at a lighthouse beside the sea. Most of the story is located in the light house on a cold night, where you can't clearly see because of the fog and mist. In my opinion, "The Fog Horn" takes place on a cold evening due to the mood of the story; calm, sad and angry.
Setting:
Task 2
I think the inciting incident occurs when the monster arrives at the light house because it heard the foghorn and assumed it was his own kind. If the monster was never alone and would not have came to the light house, it would not have gotten hurt, angry and disappointed. It would have still lived a lonely life but still would have had hope. Additionally, if the monster wouldn't have came to the lighthouse, the lighthouse wouldn't have been ended up broken and McDunn wouldn't have switched off the foghorn and disappointed the sea monster. Everything that happened in the story eventuated because the monster came to inspect the lighthouse.
Inciting Incident:
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