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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

by Ray Bradbury

Good vs. Evil Quotes

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Quote #1

He wanted to be near and not near them, he saw them close, he saw them far. Suddenly they were awfully small in too large a room in too big a town and much too huge a world. In this unlocked place they seemed at the mercy of anything that might break in from the night.

Including me, Will thought, including me. (8.4-8.5)

Here we see the domesticity of the home connoting a place of safety. We'll let you puzzle over what Will could possibly mean about being a danger to his parents.

Quote #2

Where the colored rain touched the floor, a pair of dusty small shoes poked out. Just beyond the downpour the evil boy loitered.

Evil? Will blinked. Why evil? Because. "Because" was reason enough. A boy, yes, and evil. (19.51)

The novel relies on gut instincts like Will's reaction here to substantiate the presence of evil.

Quote #3

"Dad? Am I a good person?"

"I think so. I know so, yes."

"Will – will that help when things get really rough?"

"It'll help." (28.4-28.7)

Will's dad seems to be saying that it'll help, but it won't be enough. How do we know Will is a good person? Does it help him when the going gets rough?

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