Something Wicked This Way Comes | Study Guide

Ray Bradbury

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something-wicked-this-way-comes-ray-bradburyCharles Halloway, Part 2, Chapter 28here are smiles and smiles; learn totell the dark variety from the light.Sources:,, The Guardian, New York Times,RayBradbury.comCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.SmileRepresents the acceptance of self and mortalityClocksSymbolize the passing of time and the brevity of human lifeSymbolsStormHeralds the coming danger of the carnivalTattooed tempter; offers fulfillment of peoples deepest desires for a priceMr. Dark54-year-old father of Will; defeats Mr. Dark and learns to accept mortalityCharles HallowayImpulsive teen; open to the temptation of the carnival because of a longing for adulthoodJim NightshadeCautious yet courageous teen; best friends with Jim since childhoodWill HallowayMain CharactersInspired by Bradburys enjoyment of carnivals and nostalgia for his hometown of Waukegan, Illinois, Something Wicked This Way Comes is rooted in the dark fantasy and horror genres. Bradburys rich prose and imagery have influenced many writers, including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and R.L. Stine.RAY BRADBURY1920–2012AuthorDissatisfaction leads to temptation; self-acceptance is the best defense.Dissatisfaction & AcceptanceA carnival carousel promises youth to the aged and adulthood to the young.Growing Up & Growing OldGoodness unifies and connects; wickedness isolates and exploits.Goodness vs. WickednessAmid cool October air, a carnival arrives in Green Town during the dark of night. Two boys, Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway, discover a dark side to its tantalizing mystery. They become targets of the carnivals proprietor,Mr. Dark, and must discover a way to resist his temptation.The DarkCarnival Comesto TownTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1962Year PublishedRay BradburyAuthorSomething WickedThis Way ComesHorrorNovel

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