Something Wicked This Way Comes: A Great Book for High Schoolers

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“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“, (Something Wicked This Way Comes . Jake Clayton , Walt Disney Productions, 1983). Ray Bradbury’s novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes is a science fictional/ fantasy novel about an ongoing battle between good and evil. Jim Nightshade and Jim Halloway are two young boys who are about to undergo a life-changing experience as well as the town of Greentown, Illinois. A carnival rolls into town after midnight in late October, which was very weird because carnivals usually end after labor day, “Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show-Fantoccini, Marionette Circus, and Your Plain Meadow Carnival. Arriving Immediately!” ( Bradbury, 25). The town quickly realizes that the carnival is no good and that there is something very fishy. It is up to ordinary people form the small town to try to save the day. I choose this book because I personally am a fan of Ray Bradbury’s work. I enjoy the way he writes his novels and the secret messages that are found within his work. Bradbury has yet to let me down with one of his pieces of work.

I enjoyed all the characters in Something Wicked This Way Comes they all played a significant role in the novel but I have to say one of my favorites in the whole book was, Charles Halloway. Heroes come in all shapes in sizes and I believe Charles was a huge hero in the novel. He is also kind, loving, intelligent, and is willing to sacrifice himself; the bad thing is he lets self doubt take him over and regrets too much. I liked him because he through this rough time Charles Halloway was able to make something good come out of i...

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...ersonally, I fell in love with the book. Ray Bradbury has a more unique style in writing than most authors. I believe it is a very appropriate book for high school and I would recommend it to everyone. I think anyone and everyone can connect someway to the main themes of the novel. Everyone has or will undergo a stage in life where they don’t feel accepted. Then it is up to that person to chose how they decided to take it. In the book some characters decided to fight the evil and found themselves doing so. People get so caught up in what people think when really they should just accept themselves, “Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything, you are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets” (Clark Moustakas). This book could show that no matter the age or who you are anything is possible and not even the sky is the limit.

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