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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ray Bradbury

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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