Professor EastabrooksComposition I 9 September, 2019 Summer Rituals Summary The excerpt from Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” titled “Summer Rituals”, showcasesthe daily rituals that he and those around him enjoy every year throughout the summer. At thebeginning of the excerpt, the main character, Douglas, mentions briefly some of the rituals heenjoys. The most important being the front-porch swing, “Douglas, being lighter, was the first tosit in the swing. Then, after a moment, Grandfather gingerly settled his pontifical weight besidethe boy.” (Bradbury 5).The act of setting up the swing alongside his grandfather serves as abonding moment and is clearly important to Douglas. This moment brings a greater sense ofcloseness to their family. It becomes the site of the other rituals that take place throughout thesummer, such as seven o'clock dinners, pipes being lit and eating ‘foil wrapped Eskimo pies’.The story develops with each ritual, stemming from the focal point, being the front-porch swing.As the story was set in 1928, there are prominent family roles set in place. The women aredescribed as more docile while the men are portrayed as dominant figures of the household.Douglas begins to describe how the adults in his family interact and how he views this as a ritual.He says that the men are “Oblivious to their wives chirping or snapping like fur ball hand dogshidden behind black porch screens” (Bradbury 2). As the audience, we learn that the females in
this family are seen as an attention-seeking annoyance to the men as if they are just ‘snapping’dogs. Throughout this ritual, everyone’s conversations take place surrounding the front porchswing. The people surrounding Douglas at this time where close friends and family, thus creatinga comforting environment. The start to Douglas’ summer is always centered around thesignificance of the front porch swing which carries into each following summer, becoming aritual that manifests bonding and gleeful memories.