In Something Wicked This Way Comes Bradbury adds weaknesses to almost every character in the story. Theses weaknesses will turn out to be important and work as catalysts for change in the storyline. The story is about two adventurous boys, Jim and Will, who live in Greentown Illinois. There is a clear connection between these two boys; they are so different that they end up balancing each other. “So there they go, Jim running slower to stay with Will, Will running faster to stay with Jim.” (18) They could even be compared to ying and yang, opposites yet functioning as one.
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Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes David Glasgo Modules 15-16 Dec 20, 1996 Someone knows your secret dream, that one great wish that you would pay anything for. That person suddenly makes your dream come true - before you learn the price you have to pay. Ray Bradbury's, Something Wicked This Way Comes, is a chilling and suspenseful thriller, making a boy's secret dream come true right before his own eyes and that of his friend's too. The story in this book continually jumps back and forth between three characters; two which are always together and the other the library janitor and father of the one.
In the novel "Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Ray Bradbury, Will is described, characterized by his behavior, and be his shift in attitude. This is shown through "bright, clear as drop of summer rain" (Bradbury, 6). Bradbury describes him this way to show that he has a positive and uncomplicated view on life. He does this by explaining that Will was the first one to answer lightening rod salesman right away instead of waiting and examining whether or not Will and Jim should talk to him. His behavior is characterized through "Will? Know what you are? A darn old dimwit Episcopal Baptist!" (29). This characterizes his behavior as always being the one who follows Jim and acts like Jim's conscience to keep him out of trouble. Bradbury does
Another example of situational irony comes when Julian's mother sits next to the black boy on the bus. Even though she was undeniably racist she had a spot in her heart for children, she labeled them all as “cute” and she placed black children in a even “cuter” category. Julian's mother attempts to play peek-a-boo with the child and the child's mother gets upset and yells at the boy. Julian's mother is trying to be kind to the boy yet his mother doesn't want him to talk to the white lady.
The next type of irony is Situation irony, which is when a character or a sequence of events appears to be headed one way, but it ends up as the opposite of what was thought. One example of this is Winston’s general health. From the beginning of the book, it is shown how horrible his health is and is continually getting worse and more difficult, but as Winston gets involved with Julia then he begins a metamorphosis into a more healthy person. Another major example is the betrayal of many of the people whom Winston thought were his friends, such as Mr. Charrington and even O’Brien- -who both worked for the Thought Police.
Situational irony is when the viewers didn’t expect something to happen. An example of situational irony is when Sarah finally figures out that life isn’t fair. This is situational, because half the movie she’d been saying it’s not fair but later Sarah finally says “You're right it’s not fair...but that’s the way it is.” Another example of situational irony is when Hoggle gives Sarah the peach. We later find out it’s actually her dreams. When she discovers this, she decides to shatters them. To continue with situational irony examples, we can look at the end of the movie when Sarah says “You have no power over me”. The audience discovers that Jareth is the owl from the beginning of the movie. In summarization, these are three examples of situational
A good example of this element is in paragraph two which there is a conversation between a DMV officer and a test taker with the DMV officer telling the test taker to, “Ok, make a left turn here.” Then the test taker responds, “Whoops.” Then the DMV officer writes something on down and the test taker asks the officer, “Does that mean I failed the test?” and with the DMV officer responding, “Nah, she’s getting back up. You just clipped her.” This is an example of situational irony, as that is not what the audience expects the DMV officer to say, as when the test taker says, “Whoops.” the audience does not know why the test taker said that, and getting such a calmed responds to hitting something is shocking. This is meant to make the audience chuckle, as anyone who has taken the drivers test knows that hitting anyone while driving means that you have failed the test. Later in the story there is a “Reality-Based” Florida Driver’s Q&A that Dave Barry writes he has prepared, but the thing is that every answer is ridiculous and would never be actually said by anyone who can drive. For example the person asking the question asks, “I have noticed that some roads have more than one lane, What is the purpose of the extra lanes?” and the person answering these question responds, “To provide a place for you to swerve into while texting.” This is the first question in the “Reality-Based”
“It was a pleasure to burn” (1) is dramatic irony that Bradbury uses to show that the firemen are blind to their ruthless actions and the dysfunctional society in which they take pride living within. Bradbury uses a powerful quote that help the reader understand that, from the beginning there was darkness and vile in the firemens eyes. In reality firemen work to prevent and stop fires, feeling sorrow if they cannot achieve their mission, however Bradbury contrast the firemen in the story by showing that they take pleasure in these burnings and enjoy watching them while showing no remorse for who they effect and oblivious of their destructive morals. To continue on, Bradbury further develops the firemen by introducing Montag as cold-hearted and one who has a burning passion for destruction by using, “...To shove a marshmallow”(1) by exalting to the reader, the discomforting motives at which
Situational irony is used in both O’Henry’s “The Ransom of Red Chief” and “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant but the effect of the techniques on the tone of each story is very different. In O’Henry’s story, the protagonist, Red Chief, is being kidnapped by two criminals, Bill and Sam. There are many ironic events that occur in the story. For example, the reader expects Red Chief to want to go back home to his family but instead, he is having the time of his life. As hard as Bill tries, he cannot even send him home. Bill utters to Sam, “‘I showed him the road to Summit and kicked him about eight feet nearer there at one kick’” (6). This is comical because it is using a literary technique known as slapstick comedy. The reader can imagine Bill swinging his leg and kicking Red Chief all the way back to Summit. Another example of situational irony in the story is that the reader would expect that Red Chief to be scared but what is actually happening is that Bill is terrified. While speaking with Sam, Bill complains about Red chief yet again, “‘I’ve stood by you without batting an eye ...