Setting

Here, you can read our discussion regarding the setting of “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury.

Physical setting

As with many of Ray Bradbury’s short stories, the main physical setting of “All Summer in a Day” is another planet: in this case, Venus, a planet which is civilized by people from Earth.

Venus is depicted as a planet where it rains all the time and where the sun only appears once in seven years, for an hour. Besides that moment, the planet seems desolating:

It had been raining for seven years; thousand upon thousands of days compounded and filled from one end to the other with rain (…) the concussion of storms so heavy they were tidal waves come over the islands. A thousand forests had been crushed under the rain and grown up a thousand times to be crushed again. And this was the way life was forever on the planet Venus… 

Life on Venus unfolds in the “underground city”; even the school where the children learn is an “underground house” – an understandable setting, given the fact that life in constant rain would be almost impossible to unfold.

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