Style of Ray Bradbury Essay

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Ray Bradbury is known as the “World’s Greatest Living Science Fiction Writer.” His writing style is so distinctive, making his works, such as Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes, very unique. His diction, tone, and mood in his stories gives his writing an intriguing twist that no other author has. Analyzing Bradbury’s style is interesting, because it is so different from all other writers. Describing his style is more of a challenge than identifying it. Bradbury’s diction is very creative. His word choice makes one wonder how he comes up with everything, but it all falls together in an artistic way. The way Bradbury strings sentences together is so unusual. In Fahrenheit 451, Beatty, a fireman, and Guy Montag, the protagonist, are discussing books. On page 62, Beatty says, “Don’t let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world.” Using words such as “drear” and “torrent” makes Bradbury’s diction distinguishable from other authors, while also being captivating. Also, his regular use of contradictions to show conflicting emotions is fascinating. For example, in Something Wicked This Way Comes, the father of a protagonist was debating whether or not he should follow his son, thinking to himself. “I’ll go there, thought Charles Halloway, I won’t go there. I like it, he thought, I don’t like it…Charles Halloway saw but chose not to see,” it says on page 41. Ray Bradbury often makes the narration of the story much more personal, making it seem as if we were inside the characters’ heads, thinking what they think. This unique diction creates a comparably unique tone. Ray Bradbury’s tone always seems excited. The combination of short, choppy sentences, the long-winded sentences, and the repetition makes for a tense atmosphere about his words. For example, in Fahrenheit 451 on page 121, Montag is running from a crime scene. The narration

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