The Fox And The Forest Analysis

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Love is a very powerful emotion. It affects everyone in some way, at some point in their life. Consequently, love is apparent in almost all literature. In the short story “The Rocket Man”, by Ray Bradbury, a father is torn between two things he loves: his family and outer space. Throughout the story he tries to figure out where his heart lies, but then dies while in space without closure. In “The Fox and the Forest”, another short story by Ray Bradbury, a couple travels to the past to escape war. Throughout the story they try to avoid the time police, officers that are trying to bring them back to the future, but end up being split up. While these stories may not seem very similar, they both are related through love. Along with demonstrating love, these stories show that love can cause people to…show more content…
One of the biggest ones is when William Travis, one of the people fleeing the searchers, offers to turn himself in for the sake of his wife, Susan Travis. When talking to Mr. Simms, who is one of the searchers, William says “I’ll come back with you if my wife stays here alive, safe, away from that war” (123). William Travis loves his wife so much that he is willing to sacrifice himself for her. It may be illogical, but he loves his wife so much that he is willing to do whatever he needs to in order to protect her. For example, when he is supposed to meet Mr. Simms in the plaza to travel back to the present day, he hits Mr. Simms with a car in order to avoid being captured. When he is talking to his wife about what happened, he says, “I hated to kill him. I’ve never wanted to do anything like that in my life” (124). He never thought that he would need to kill a man, but when he realized that the the alternate option was to leave his wife, he decided to do what he felt was necessary in order to stay with her. This is another amazing example of how love can cause people to act in an irrational

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