History Creator / RayBradbury

30th May '18 3:21:42 AM jormis29
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* ''Literature/DandelionWine''



* IWasQuiteALooker: One chapter of ''Dandelion Wine'' has a man [[LoveBeforeFirstSight fall in love with a beautiful girl by her photo alone]], only to find out that the photo was taken a long time ago and that the girl is now an old woman. When the old woman learns of this after the two of them strike up quite a rapport, she tells him that they could probably have started a romantic relationship if not for their vastly disparate ages.
12th May '18 10:23:55 PM mahidevrans
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* GoodStepmother: In "I Sing the Body Electric", a robot nanny is brought in as a therapist to help children complete the grieving process for their dead mother.
5th May '18 7:44:30 PM HeroGal2347
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* StressVomit: At the end of "The Illustrated Man", the thin man throws up when he sees the final image on the illustrated man's back: a depiction of the man's death scene.
5th May '18 7:32:08 PM HeroGal2347
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* BrokenAngel: "Uncle Einar Has Big Green Wings". Einar Elliott normally flies at night so he won't attract attention, but after running into electrical wires, his night vision/radar is damaged, perhaps permanently. His kids come up with an ingenious solution.



* BrokenAngel: "Uncle Einar Has Big Green Wings". Einar Elliott normally flies at night so he won't attract attention, but after running into electrical wires, his night vision/radar is damaged, perhaps permanently. His kids come up with an ingenious solution.

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* BrokenAngel: "Uncle Einar Has Big Green Wings". Einar Elliott normally flies at night so BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie: In "The Next in Line", Marie worries that she's going to die before she and her husband are able to leave the town and begs him not to bury her in the nearby cemetery. He brushes off her fears and (given that he's alone when he won't attract attention, but after running into electrical wires, his night vision/radar is damaged, perhaps permanently. His kids come up with an ingenious solution.leaves town) her last request apparently goes unfulfilled.


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* DrosteImage: "The Illustrated Man" ends with the circus folk discovering that the tattoo on the man's back shows them standing over him, looking at a tattoo which shows the same thing, ad infinitum.


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* IronicEcho: In "The Emissary", the narrator marks Miss Haight's first visit by saying Martin had company. At the end of the story, the phrase appears again, but more ominously because Miss Haight has died in the meantime.
29th Apr '18 8:03:57 PM HeroGal2347
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* NamesTheSame: Plenty Examples
** At least two stories are named "Skeleton"
** There also two completely unrelated stories that are named "Chrysalis"
** Many characters from Bradbury's amateur writings are named "The Lonely One" which is also the name of the SerialKiller in "The Whole Towns Sleeping".
** In a "Green Town" story a girl who made fun of the protagonist is named Isabel Skelton, which is also the name of one of the murderous children in "Let's Play Poison"
** Ray also seems to really like his middle name since almost every [[KidHero boy protagonist]] in his short stories is named Douglas.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: A somewhat meta example: If a Bradbury story features the word "[[AllHallowsEve October]]", something horrible is likely to ensue.

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* NamesTheSame: Plenty Examples
NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** At least two stories are named "Skeleton"
** There also two completely unrelated stories that are named "Chrysalis"
** Many characters from Bradbury's amateur writings are named "The Lonely One" which is also the name of the SerialKiller
{{Invoked|Trope}} in "The Whole Towns Sleeping".
** In a "Green Town" story a girl who made fun of the protagonist is named Isabel Skelton, which is also
Small Assassin"; David plans to give his son the name of one of "Lucifer" after coming to believe his late wife's fear that the murderous children in "Let's Play Poison"
child had tried to kill her was right.
** Ray also seems to really like his middle name since almost every [[KidHero boy protagonist]] in his short stories is named Douglas.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
A somewhat meta example: If a Bradbury story features the word "[[AllHallowsEve October]]", something horrible is likely to ensue.
29th Apr '18 7:56:49 PM HeroGal2347
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* BittersweetEnding: In "The Finnegan" the narrator's friend dies, but it seems he succeeded in destroying the titular monstrous spider at the same time.


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** "Skeleton": M. Munigant sucks out the narrator's skeleton, leaving him a helpless pile of flesh, just before his wife comes home to discover him.


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* WouldHurtAChild: The end of "The Small Assassin" has the doctor go looking for Lucifer with a scalpel, intending to kill him, having become convinced that David and Alice's suspicions of him being murderous were right.
25th Apr '18 10:27:57 PM HeroGal2347
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** Averted in "The Dwarf".

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** Averted in "The Dwarf". The titular character is a peaceful guy, who isn't doing anything more in the hall of mirrors than seeing himself as a man of normal height. The owner of the hall of mirrors does more harm to him than vice versa.


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* GlamourFailure: In "The Man Upstairs", Douglas looks at the titular lodger through a stained glass window (and later, pieces of the same) and sees that he has no human organs.


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* TilMurderDoUsPart: A fair amount of people in Bradbury's short stories are murdered by their spouses.
** In "The Illustrated Man", the protagonist's chest tattoo, when unveiled, turns out to be an image of him strangling his wife. While he initially insists he doesn't plan on doing this, he loses it when she berates him and tells him she's getting a divorce and ends up fulfilling the prophetic tattoo anyway.
** In "The Jar", Charlie kills his wife Thedy after she reveals that the jar he bought contains a lot of junk and threatens to tell the townspeople (with whom Charlie has become very popular) what's in it.
** In "Touched By Fire", the protagonists pass Mr. Shrike coming up the stairs to the apartment on their way down from trying to reason with the verbally aggressive Mrs. Shrike, and it's implied they expect he'll kill her at some point soon.
25th Apr '18 9:44:23 PM HeroGal2347
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* {{Cassandra Truth}}: Many Examples.

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* {{Cassandra Truth}}: Many Examples.CassandraTruth: There are many examples in Bradbury's stories of truth going unbelieved.
** In "The Next in Line", the heroine suspects she's going to die and [[BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie begs her husband not to bury her in the cavern that frightened her so much]]. He brushes her off as though she's being hysterical, but the ending of the story indicates she did indeed die that night.
** In "Fever Dream", the boy alleges he's being replaced by the bacteria in his body. The doctor and his parents brush it off as a fever-induced delusion.
** In "Zero Hour", a daughter tells her mother about the upcoming alien invasion and all the promises the Martians made the children in exchange for help. The mother brushes it off as a new game until it's too late.
25th Apr '18 12:37:37 PM HeroGal2347
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* ApocalypticLog: "The Watchers" is a typewritten narrative of how the narrator and a psychologist try to cure a friend of his phobia of animals, only to find out the real danger -- bacteria. The story ends with a line of gibberish as the narrator's body finally succumbs to his attackers and falls on the keyboard.



** "The Emissary"

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** "The Emissary"Emissary": Not much is actually said about her condition (other than she's slower and clumsier), but Dog brings Mrs. Haight back to visit Martin after her death in an accident.


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* TraumaticCSection: Part of the backstory in "The Small Assassin". The doctor originally believes Alice's fear of her child is due to the caesarean she underwent, which nearly killed her.
25th Apr '18 5:17:27 AM crazysamaritan
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* TomatoSurprise: The ending of "The Town Where No One Got Off" reveals that [[spoiler: the protagonist went into the town to murder someone]]

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* TomatoSurprise: The ending of "The Town Where No One Got Off" reveals that [[spoiler: the TomatoInTheMirror: In "Literature/TheTownWhereNoOneGotOff", by Creator/RayBradbury, has a protagonist went into that is [[IllKillYou suddenly threatened by an old man]], so he reveals [[spoiler:that he was planning on killing someone in this town, which surprises the town to murder someone]]protagonist, too]].
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