The Foghorn By Ray Bradbury Essay

1068 Words Jan 20th, 2016 5 Pages
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? Well a certain story involving 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 human vs. society to show the complexity of humans and their capacity for emotion and greater understanding. With the idea of emotions, an emotion that certainly is not unknown to any person is loneliness. 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” (oligopoly) Most of the story up until the downfall is located at a lighthouse. "Lonely and vast and far away. The sound of isolation, a viewless sea, a cold night, apartness.” (Bradbury) 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 in Johnny and McDunn through the first sentence spoken. “‘It’s a lonely life, but you’re used to it now, aren’t you?’ ‘Yes,’ I said.” (Bradbury…

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