full title Something Wicked This Way Comes
author Ray Bradbury
type of work Novel
genre Science fiction/fantasy
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