full title · Something Wicked This Way Comes
author · Ray Bradbury
type of work · Novel
genre · Science fiction/fantasy
language · English
time and place written · From 1955 to 1962 in Los Angeles Bradbury turned a ten page story of his into this novel
date of first publication · 1962
publisher · Avon Books
narrator · Omniscient narrator
climax · Jim and Will's final ride on the carousel is the climax of the novel.
protagonist · William Halloway, James Nightshade, and Charles Halloway
antagonist · Mr. Dark
setting (time) · Unclear, but likely between 1920 and 1950
setting (place) · Green Town, Illinois
point of view · Mostly Will or Charles Halloway but several chapters are from the point of view of other characters.
falling action · Will and his father bring Jim back to life by dancing and singing and being happy.
tense · Immediate past
foreshadowing · The Prologue foreshadows much of the plot, and throughout the book major events are foreshadowed.
tone · The tone is mystical and poetic yet believable.
themes · Acceptance; common cause; age
motifs · Magic; belief
symbols · The carnival as evil; young boys as life
Because we are made up of several opposite forces that continually fight against each other inside of us, we attempt to stop the struggle by choosing one side and ignoring the other; however; we this will only hinder sense of identity, we must force ourselves to see our complete self and accept those parts we repress in order to find harmony in life with a complete and clear identity.