Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury is an accomplished American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and poet. His writing style is like none other. Some say he is a science fiction writer; however, others argue that he merely uses the far-out setting to criticize racism, censorship, technology, nuclear war, and humanistic values (Johnston). All of his work closely relates to his life and the personal experiences he has gone through. First, his early life in Illinois and Arizona influenced his first writings. This was a time when he first started experimenting with writing. Second, Bradbury’s writing style relates to his past experiences, because he said that he learned to write recalling past experiences (Umland 6). During this period of time, Bradbury begins to discover himself as a writer. He develops his own style and process for writing. Lastly, his major works represent the feelings of Americans during the era in which he wrote. The Martian Chronicles, his first well known novel, and still one of his best known novels, is a great example of this because it relates to the readers emotions about atomic warfare during the World War II era. Ray Bradbury’s early life in Illinois and Arizona influenced his first Continue...


As you can see, many of Bradbury's early stories were based loosely on a segment in his life at an early age. The Martian Chronicles, written in 1950, is about the attempted colonization of Mars by humans. Starting with a blank sheet of paper he searched his mind for words that could actively depict "personal nightmares, and fears of night in his childhood (Bradbury 79). In the last year of his high school he stumbled into his own creativity when he was writing about the ravine in his hometown, and the fear of it at night (Bradbury 14). Two other examples are "Homecoming, written in 1946, which is based on Halloween parties thrown by one of his relatives, and "Uncle Einar, written in 1947, which is grounded somewhat on one of his uncles (Umland 6). From there, he looked around his house, his yard, and his neighbors' yards and wrote down words for these images. Despite many beliefs, Bradbury didn't write this novel to criticize society and the ability of a Government to control all aspects of life, but rather directed the novel's sarcasm at "anti-intellectualism and cramped materialism posing as social philosophy(Mogen 105). Bradbury wants the American people to understand what makes the American Dream great, and that we cannot let it go or misunderstand it because that would be like throwing our standards away (Mogen 105). The ravine he described was a scary place to the young Bradbury Another example of Bradbury's use of his childhood experiences embedded in his novels is his experience on a carousel for the first time when he was about three or four years old. Every small object he saw, like an old firecracker, or a picture would invoke a past memory. The Protagonist of the story, Guy Montag, represents nonconformity and the fight against censorship. This new style of Bradbury could be classified as autobiographical fantasy, because he transforms his youth into fictitious stories filled with boyhood experiences (Mogen 112). Thus, the novel is a fictitious story of his life combined with outrageous tales from his mind and memory.