Mr. Electrico: The Story Of Ray Bradbury's Story

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During the Labor Day week of 1932, an imaginative boy in the small town of Waukegan, Illinois left his uncle’s funeral in an attempt to escape the disquiets and mystery of death. In search of life and meaning, the young boy discovered a carnival tent, and within it, a man who would change his life, and consequentially, the lives of thousands of others. The boy found just what he needed: an instruction to “live forever”, that would greatly affect his future and inspire him to become the revolutionary writer that people know of today. Hand in hand, the elusive magician Mr. Electrico, led little Ray Bradbury into a tent, to teach him about magic, mystery, and life. Along with the carnival phenomenon, Ray Bradbury experienced many other events …show more content…
Scared by the inevitability of death which Bradbury first comprehended after his uncle’s passing, Bradbury ran away during the funeral in an attempt to try to escape the anxieties he felt towards it. He ran to a carnival where he met “Mr. Electrico”, a magician who mesmerized Bradbury and encouraged him to ‘live forever!’, as well as introduced him to other magicians at the carnival who were later made into characters in Bradbury’s works. Bradbury was deeply affected by this experience, and it was that summer when he began writing. He decided that although he couldn’t achieve immortality, he would be able to ‘live forever’ if he created literary works that would outlast him (Eller, Touponce, 433-434). Bradbury’s conversation with Mr. Electrico and the other magicians at the Dill Brothers Combined Shows influenced Ray’s writing. He often wrote about magicians, circuses, and horror, and how monsters and evil lied within all people, contrasting the good (Eller, Touponce, 3-6). Bradbury’s novel Something Wicked This Way Comes written in 1962 is an example of how Bradbury incorporated carnivals into his works, as the book incorporates fantasy with his own carnival experiences as a child (Eller, Touponce, 3-6). Juxtaposed to his peaceful hometown, Bradbury’s experiences with carnivals and horror added to his dark and enchanted …show more content…
After moving from his hometown in Illinois to California, Bradbury attended Los Angeles High School where his writing abilities were noticed by two of his teachers. They pushed him to join the school’s poetry club and the “Los Angeles Science Fiction League”, and they helped him develop his skill in writing poetry and short stories (Jepsen and Johnston). After graduating high school in 1938, Bradbury’s family could not afford to send him to college. Instead, Bradbury went to his local library 3 days a week for 10 years to educate himself and use the library’s typewriter to create his first stories (“Ray Bradbury Biography”). Ray Bradbury’s time in the library caused him to continuously read fantasy and science fiction stories that inspired him to write his own, and the authors he read influenced his creativity and sharpened his literary and artistic skills. The Brothers Grimm, George Orwell, Edgar Allen Poe, and Jules Verne inspired him to write highly creative stories filled with magic, mystery, and horror, and the works from realistic fiction authors such as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Thomas Wolfe, and John Donne taught Bradbury how to use literary devices such as metaphors, irony, and allegory to better display the themes in his stories (Eller, Touponce 38-40). After getting a job at a bookstore, Bradbury met Marguerite “Maggie” McClure in 1945, and they

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