Analysis Of Ray Bradbury's 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'

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Life is not solely about being in the moment, it is about accepting your past, moving on and looking towards the future when the world is turning the wrong way for your life. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, represents moving on away from the past without entirely blocking it out, but instead living it up. What are the consequences of dwelling in the past? Is it a difficultly reaching the future? Or is it merely just being held back from living your life to the fullest? Could it possibly be ignoring the relationships in one’s life? Nearly impossible to answer, this question leaves many people pondering the right answer when there isn’t one. Life has the answers, let go of the past and move towards the future. It’s arduous to…show more content…
Dwelling in the past most often results in being held back; your mind cannot think as quickly, forgetting the importance of life, crushing hopes and dreams slowly but surely. Hoping to join in with the fun, Charles is worried about death and by his past and the life to come, “Watching the boys vanish away, Charles Halloway suppressed a sudden urge to run with them, make the pack ... Somewhere in him, a shadow turned mournfully over.You had to run with a night like this, so the sadness could not hurt” (17). Looking forward to the future and back at the past, you have a stretching of you’re life and soul, “You 're the nearest to dead you 'll ever be save dying. Sleep is a patch of death, but three in the morn, full wide-eyed staring, is living death!...The moon rolls by to look at you down there, with its idiot face.It 's a long way back to sunset, a far way on to dawn…”(58). Not only is ones present life affected by bring held back, however, it can also be affected the people…show more content…
Life is affected by relationships, but when relationships aren’t existent, life seems to decompose. Realizing that his dad was beginning to be an old man, Will is suddenly realizing his dad isn’t forever, “It was always a surprise - that old man, his work, his name. That 's Charles William Halloway, thought Will, not grand-father, not far-wandering, ancient uncle, as some might think, but father...Dad always seemed stunned when Will rose up before him, as if they had met a life time ago and one had grown old while the other stayed young, and this fact stood between...” (14). One can know who they are and who they once were, but not know one’s self at all can come to a quick surprise, “I don 't need it, ' said Halloway. 'But someone inside me does. ' 'Who? ' The boy I once was, thought Halloway, who runs like the leaves down the sidewalk autumn nights”(19). Charles is seeing the impacts of going through his life in the past by flashing back to how he used to run with joy, rather running not at all in the present.
Life isn’t always about working towards the future or making the present better, instead it is moving on from the past, towards a steady life. In truth, what are the consequences of residing into one’s past? No matter the answer to the mysterious question, the consequences are great and impact one’s life beyond regular instances. Overall, the results of live inside one’s past are negative towards health, well being, and mental stability. Sometimes, looking
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