Setting of Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Novel: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Setting Question

In Something Wicked This Way Comes, Bradbury sets the story in Green Town, Illinois around the time of Halloween. At the beginning of the novel, a lightning rod salesman comes to town trying to sell the boys a lightning rod for a storm that is approaching. However, the weather that evening was calm. Compare/Contrast the mood before the carnival came and after the carnival and describe the setting for each.


* Both the mood before and after the carnival wasn't bad. In the beginning, Green Town is calm and had a slight breeze that "blew warm, then cool" (p. 13). At the end, Will, Jim, and Mr. Halloway are celebrating that the whole carnival situation is over. The setting in the beginning of the novel is calm as described on p. 13: "So it was on that night that blew warm, then cool, as they let the wind take them downtown at eight o'clock. They felt the wings of their fingers and elbows flying, then, suddenly plunged in new sweeps of air, the clear autumn river flung them headlong where they must go." The setting at the end of the novel is happy as stated on p. 290: "Today was just another day in October in a year suddenly better than anyone supposed is could ever be just a short hour ago, with the moon and the stars moving in a grand rotation toward inevitable damn, and then loping, and the last of this night's weeping done, and Will laughing and singing and Jim giving answer line by line, as they breasted the waves of dry stubble toward a town where they might live another few years across from each other." * The mood in the beginning was full of suspense and the mood after the carnival was uplifting. The mood in the beginning is full of suspense as Will is going home at night: "It seemed when the first stroke if nine banged from the big courthouse clock all the lights were on and business humming in the shops. But by the time the last stroke on nine shook everyone's fillings in his...
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