The Foghorn By Ray Bradbury Essay example

1152 Words Jan 27th, 2016 5 Pages
Emotional Beings
Humans are very complicated beings, but is it possible for a human to connect to a dinosaurs? Or for a dinosaur to have human emotions? A story telling the tale of 2 lighthouse workers and an estranged dinosaur proves that it is indeed very possible. Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Foghorn” uses the topics of loneliness, a symbolic dinosaur, love & loss, and the central conflict of person vs. society to show the complexity of any being with human thoughts and their capacity for emotion and inquiry. With the idea of emotions, an emotion that certainly is not unknown to any person is loneliness. Humans are naturally fated to feel lonely at one point or another, easily linking to their capacity for emotion. Loneliness is a central theme in “The Foghorn” and is shown through the setting, dinosaur, and characters. A lonely setting is defined as “remote from places of human habitation; desolate; unfrequented; bleak: and standing apart; isolated.” Most of the story up until the downfall is located at a lighthouse, which is described as "Lonely and vast and far away. The sound of isolation, a viewless sea, a cold night, apartness.” (Bradbury 3.) Both of these definitions correspond with each other, further proving that the setting has an effect on the theme. Along with the physical sense of loneliness in the setting, there is also the mental repercussions come with it. Loneliness in the character Johnny is revealed throughout the story. It is firsthand established…

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