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FREE ANALYSIS-SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
Bradbury mentions that Will often spent nights lying in bed with his
ear to the wall, listening to his father talk of all manner of things.
Charles' voice makes Will feel comfortable and safe because it is easy
to follow and almost hypnotic. Bradbury further comments on the sense
of truth in Charles' voice. Truth, according to the text, can mesmerize
any boy. For Will, his father's voice is education in life. Will, on this
evening, hears his parents talking, as usual, but tonight Charles is complaining
about his age. He reveals that he was forty when Will was born, and people
often ask if his wife is his daughter. They move on to the subject of
the carnival, and Will desperately wants to stop listening, but he's enchanted.
Charles calls Will's mother "the most beautiful woman in the world,"
and Will realizes he's quoting the handbill. Will wonders why his father
doesn't mention the handbill he burned, and he realizes that something
is going on. Suddenly his mind wanders back to the "theater,"
and he is cognizant of the fact that he's scared because his father won't
mention the poster. As he glances out the window, he sees more of the
posters floating around. Will hides under the covers to look at his library
books with a flashlight. In the rush, though, the boysí selections got
mixed up, and Will ends up looking at Jim's dinosaurs. When he drifts
off to sleep, he hears his father leave for the library.
The calm of Willís home provides a sharp contrast to the chaotic wind outside the house. Will's original sense of fascination with his parents reflects the fact that he realizes the importance and safety of his own home. His fears for his parents' safety are reflective of his own fears with growing away from them. He is, slowly, beginning to realize that his parents aren't invincible; they are simply human.
Will's realization of his parents' differing outlooks (his mother's happiness and his father's sadness) furthers the idea that Will is beginning to grow up. Charles' lack of honesty about the handbill furthers the fearful mood the carnival sets, and allows Will to realize something is very wrong because Charles cannot discuss the advertisement with him.
As Will thinks of listening to his parents, it is apparent that Will is indeed growing older. There was a time when his father's voice was quite soothing, but as the topic of the carnival is introduced, Will's sense of safety is invaded and he is presented with other images that frighten him, like Jim's theater.
Will's father discussing his concerns about age and his subsequent leaving for the library furthers the theme of lost youth. It is clear that Charles deeply regrets his age. It is enough of a problem for him that he spends hours alone in the library, leaving the warmth and comfort of his home and family because of it.
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