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All Summer in a Day

This study guide will help you analyze the text “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.

Presentation of the text

Title: “All Summer in a Day”
Author: Ray Bradbury
Published in: “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction”
Date of Publication: 1954
Genre: Short Story

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) was a famous American author who is now mostly known for his science-fiction and fantasy stories and novels. Bradbury is also viewed as one of the pioneers of the fantasy and science-fiction genres. His most famous works are the novel “Fahrenheit 451” and short story collection “The Martian Chronicles”.

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Social setting

When it comes to the social setting, the most important thing you can focus on is the life in school. The interesting element about the school is that the children seem to be living together day and night, guided by their teacher. The following example reinforces the idea that children spend their days and nights under the same roof: “Sometimes, at night, she heard them stir, in remembrance, and she knew they were dreaming and remembering…” 

The school seems to be located in an “underground house” which has schoolrooms and even “school shower rooms”. There, the children learn, but they also play “in the echoing tunnels of the underground city”...

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