Mid 1950

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Fortunately, for nowadays readers, in the mid- 1950’s and beginnings of 1960, two great books were written by two amazing authors. These two awesome books are: “Something wicked this way comes” and “Two kill a mockingbird”, the first one written by the fictionist, Ray Bradbury and the second one by Harper Lee. The genres of both are really different, because Mrs. Lee’s novel is written based onthe social, drama, and southern drama genre, and in the other hand, Mr. Bradbury’s novel is written in the science fiction/fantasy genre. Although both novels have many differences they are alike in some ways, which will be explained. These books are incredibly good, and as Walt Disney said “There is more treasure in books than in the entire pirate's loot on Treasure Island."
Ray Bradburywrote his novel “Something wicked this way comes” from 1955- 1962, and published it this same year. Mr. Bradbury is known for his outstanding works, and this one is not the exception. He is a really recognized author and as the journal Nashville Tennessean published “In literary circles, Ray Bradbury can validly be called a living legend… Since he was eight years old, he wanted to become a magician.And that’s what he is”. In this novel, the main characters are William Halloway, who is much more of a thinker than his best friend Jim Nightshade. As the story unfolds Will finds that, much like Charles Halloway, his father, he is capable of quick and decisive actions once he has made a critical decision. He saves Jim several times and saves his father another time because, even though he is ayoung 13- year old boy, he is conscious of his knowledge and believes that he is doing the right thing. Will cares deeply about doing what is right, and unlike Jim, he favors inaction when the alternative is harmful, destructive or dangerous. He is selfless, and in many moments he runs tremendous risks to save Jim even when Jim himself does not necessarily want to be saved. Another importantcharacter of the story is Jim, who is Will’s best friend. Charles Halloway is also very important in the novel, he is Will’s father. He has to protect Will and Jim, and in the process he is transformed. At the beginning of the story he thinks as an old man who vividly remembers his time as a young person but is sure that his days of actions are over. He said to his son in the story “Sometimes the manwho looks happiest in town, with the biggest smile, is the one carrying the biggest load of sin. There are smiles and smiles; learn to tell the dark variety from the light. The seal-barker, the laugh-shouter, and half the time he's covering up. He's had his fun and he's guilty. And men do love sin, Will, oh how they love it, never doubt, in all shapes, sizes, colors, and smells”. As the story goeson, he slowly learns that there is more action in him than he thought, and it also becomes apparent that he is a man with cool nerves and much inner strength. The major evil character in the book is Mr. Dark, the Illustrated Man because he is covered in tattoos and each of the tattoos he has allows him to exert some power over the picture is represented. He feeds on pain and destruction and wantsnothing less. He is afraid of nothing except the good that Charles Halloway uses to defeat him. Mr. Dark is extremely strong and intimidates people, inspiring fear when he wishes, and he uses both manipulation and force to bend people to his will. Many other characters in the story are presented such as Mr. Cooger, the Dust Witch, Mr. Fury, Mrs. Foley and some more.
In this novel the mainproblem is the carnival of Mr. Dark and Mr. Cooger. This is a really mysterious and evil carnival that arrived suspiciously in an October day at 3.00 AM, the time when men are closest to death, locked in depths of despair. The carnival is full of greed and evil people, and the only way to destroy the people of the carnival is with actions and thoughts that are full of happiness and joy. At the...
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