Something Wicked This Way Comes
Study Questions and Essay Topics
Will and Jim are contrasted several times in the book (Chapters 3 and nine are prime examples). Are the two boys alike or different? If different, specify exactly how. Use at least three references to the book to back up your answer.
What is the role of magic in Something Wicked This Way Comes?
Suggested Essay Topics
Assess the role of the freaks in this book. Are they good or bad? How much responsibility should they be given for the acts they performed?
Near the end of the book Mr. Dark watches Charles Halloway with "some respect, some degree of admiration, some concern." Why would the Illustrated Man admire Mr. Halloway? Does his opinion of Mr. Halloway change throughout the book? If so, how?
Mr. Dark represents pure evil. Taking this statement as a premise, what can you conclude about the nature of evil in Bradbury's book? What does that mean about good?
Do Will and Jim grow up during the book? Why or why not? Feel free to argue different ways for each boy.
Who is a more realistic thirteen-year-old, Will or Jim? Explain. If neither is realistic then explain why not.
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