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How does the author of 'All Summer in a Day' create sympathy for the main character, Margo?

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All Summer in a Day In the short story "All summer in a Day", Ray Bradbury creates sympathy for the main character, Margo, in many ways. One way is by creating tension in the story by using different techniques. He uses various sentence lengths; short sentences for a jerky rhythm and long sentences to include a lengthy description and build the scene up. Short sentences create tension because they make the reader pause and this then unnerves them. An example of Ray Bradbury using this is when, towards the end of the story, he writes "They crowded to the huge door", this creates tension also as it creates mystery and wonder. He also creates tension by using speech without using any preposition or verb, this keeps the conversation flowing and makes it more sudden, building tension by making the story more realistic and makes the reader feel involved and in the room. ...read more.


Lastly, he creates tension, therefore causing the reader to feel sympathy for Margot, by in the storyline making the reader wonder what will happen to Margot and will she get escape from the cupboard. Secondly, Ray Bradbury makes you feel sympathy for Margot, by the way he writes her character and her storyline. He writes about her as a victim of bullying, which makes the audience straight away feel sympathy for her, because it is a large part of everyday life that everybody recognises as a bad thing. He places her as an outsider in all the activities that the children do, for many reasons, such as she used to live on earth, she has experienced sun continuously, she doesn't join in with the games they play and she doesn't know when to keep quiet and when to talk. ...read more.


He uses different kinds of figurative language, such as similes and metaphors, an example of a metaphor is, "the endless shaking down of clear bead necklaces", he uses this to describe the rain; this creates sympathy as it adds description and interest. The use of simile's and metaphors also helps the reader to picture the scene and see the setting that the writer is trying to convey from the image he sees in his head. Ray Bradbury also uses short sentences that are broken up with descriptive passages, this helps to make the events more significant. He collectively groups all the other children as well, as "they", this creates sympathy as you feel as though they are all against her and she is very alone with no one to support her. The narrator comes across as very biased also, mainly towards Margot, as though he is on her side, because he describes her physique in a sympathetic manner, by saying she is "frail" and the rain had "washed out the blue from her eyes". ...read more.

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