Language

The language employed in “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury is quite simple, although the setting is clearly out of the ordinary. Because children are the most important characters in the story, the author has probably chosen to use a simple language because he might have wanted the story also to be read and understood by children. The only science-fiction elements in the story are the reference to the planet Venus and the “underground city”.

The dialogue employed in the short story consists of short phrases which are mostly uttered by children. The first dialogue, for example, mirrors the children’s excitement and impatience:

“Ready?"
"Ready."
"Now?"
"Soon."
"Do the scientists really know? Will it happen today, will it?"
"Look, look; see for yourself!" 

When they mock Margot, their replies suggest envy and even anger:

"It's like a penny," she said once, eyes closed.
"No it's not!" the children cried.
"It's like a fire," she said, "in the stove."
"You're lying, you don't remember!" cried the children. 

Finally, the last exchange of replies indicates the children’s shame and regret upon forgetting about Margot:

Then one of them gave a little cry.
"Margot!"
"What?"
"She's still in the closet where we locked her."
"Margot." 

When it comes to the descriptive passages, note that they are filled with words that create imagery, which we will analyze next, together with other stylistic devices employed in the story.

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Imagery

In “All Summer in a Day”, imagery helps readers imagine...

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