In the short story “All Summer in a Day”, the author Ray Bradbury uses sensory imagery such as sight and sound to describe the setting of his version of planet Venus and to describe the children. He then uses the absence of sensory imagery when describing Margot to create contrast which helps us understand the idea that people who are different are ostracised and hated.
With the use of sensory imagery, Ray Bradbury paints a picture in our minds of how the planet Venus in his story looks and sounds like. He describes this planet where it “…had been raining for seven years…” as the sound and look of “…tatting drum, the endless shaking down of clear bead necklaces upon the rood, the walk, the gardens, the forest…” This tells us that the
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In contrast to how noisy the planet is and how loud and collective the children are, Ray Bradbury uses the absence of sensory imagery to show us how Margot is different. Margot “…said nothing”, “…stood alone”, “…did not move”, “…did not follow”, and kept “…quietly apart”. This shows us that there is an absence of movement and sound around Margot and where the rest of the children are loud, restless and moving constantly Margot does the opposite to all of them by saying nothing and standing still and away from everyone from everyone else. Margot is different from the children in her stillness and isolation and Ray Bradbury has shown this to us by creating a contrast in her description by using the absence of sensory imagery to show us stillness and isolation whereas he explained fully all the sensory imagery when describing the rest of the children as moving constantly and keeping together.
Margot is different to the rest of the children and because of this difference they excluded and isolated her; “…she was different and they knew her difference and kept away.” “They edged away from her, they would not look at her”