The Ride of a Lifetime: Something Wicked This Way Comes Essay

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Taylor Bellamy Miller English 102 May 29, 2014 The Ride of a Lifetime The story of Jim Nightshade and Will Holloway is one that seems rather ordinary on the surface: two boys that were almost destined to be best friends growing up in a small town together, waiting for the next big thing to happen. At the age of nearly fourteen these boys are dying to grow up and go on a journey into adulthood. Will's father however, looks at the boys in envy at their youth and wishes only that he could go back and start his life all over again. As a mysterious carnival comes to town we see Jim and Will stepping closer and closer to losing their innocence as young boys, while instead we see Mr. Holloway searching for that which he already lost. Using biblical illusions, Ray Bradbury gives us a tale of loss of innocence through gained knowledge in "Something Wicked This Way Comes", and allows us to question whether these characters are going to get their wish granted or not. When thinking of a carnival, just to name a few things off the top of my head some general things come to mind. A carousal perhaps, bright lights, clowns, and other fun things that families generally fill their summer months with. Children love carnivals, therefore they can generally be associated with youth, Youth rather, can be associated with innocence. This is said because normally a child doesn't understand right from wrong until he gains the knowledge to understand, therefore normally it is said that children are looked at as innocent. What's interesting with "Something Wicked This Way Comes", is that the carnival represents the opposite. The carnival is in fact what threatens to take away the innocence of the two boys, instead of thriving it. We don't know a carnival is in fact come for the first few chapters because we think a storm is coming instead. The carnival is portrayed as a storm in the

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