Ray Bradbury Story Analysis

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In the short stories by Ray Bradbury, “The Veldt” and “The Fog Horn” plot, theme and characterization intertwine. The personas of each character help drive the plot and theme within each story. This is important because the characters are the personality of the story and are needed to propel the plot, along with keeping the reader engaged especially, with the suspense their dialogue provides.
Within “The Fog Horn” the author uses the major character McDunn to tell the story. By doing this the author has merged characterization and plot. Allowing McDunn to provide perspective into why the sea monster travels to the lighthouse, the author is projecting the character’s personality on to the monster because, there is no way for McDunn to absolutely understand what is going on within its mind. Without McDunn to provide this perspective the plot would have no movement and the story could not continue and would lack depth. The author sets the two characters up to where McDunn can relate to the monster through there similar life styles, which enables McDunn to give perspective in the first place. McDunn shows understanding for the monster in that it is alone in a forever changing world, as is he. While, McDunn has his companion, Johnny, he is only a temporary fix to his overall isolation in comparison to how the light house is a temporary companion to the monster. As a result of the author intertwining the two characters on this level, the author can now use McDunn 's descriptions of the emotions of the monster to provide depth and intrigue for the reader. The Author creates this depth and suspense through McDunn’s dialogue with his companion. McDunn’s descriptions of the monster are very emotionally charged and he speaks as if he knows the monster well, even to the point of empathizing on a personal level for example: "Someone always waiting for someone who never comes home. Always someone loving something more than that thing loves them. And after a while

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