Characters

The main character of “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury is Margot, the nine-years-old girl who has lived four years on Earth and five years on Venus. Besides her, we will also focus on the collective character of the children, who are the main element of the intrigue in the story.

Margot

Margot is the main character of the short story and the protagonist, even though she is mostly absent during the story.

Outer characterization

Her outer characterization reveals that she is nine-years-old and has spent her first four years on Earth, in Ohio, enjoying the sunshine. She is on Venus because she is the daughter of two of “the rocket men and women who had come to a raining world to set up civilization and live out their lives” 

Margot is depicted as “frail”, with blue eyes, a red mouth, blonde hair  and a “pale snow face” . Despite her beautiful features, Margot looks like “an old photograph dusted from an album”, like a “ghost”, all because the constant rain on Venus seems to have “washed” her out. In fact, Margot’s appearance indicates that she is in pain because she has not been able to see the sun in the past five years. Also, it shows that the lack of sunshine makes children pale and sickly.

Inner characterization

Regarding inner characterization, Margot stands out from the rest of her classmates. Because she has lived on Earth, she is nostalgic about the sun, and she expresses her feelings in a very poetic way:

All day yesterday they had read in class about the sun. About how like a lemon it was, and how hot. And they had written small stories or essays or poems about it:
I think the sun is a flower,
That blooms for just one hour. 

Because her previous life on Earth is so present in her mind, she cannot engage in the typical activities the other children on Venus enjoy. This is why she comes across as strange:

And this was because she would play no games with them in the echoing tunnels of the underground city. If they tagged her and ran, she stood blinking after them and did not follow. When the cl...

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