Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
We just have to talk about that Mirror Maze. The way Bradbury describes it, once you step into the mirror maze you are lost in a sea, an army of your own image multiplied a billion times back at you. We imagine this would enough to drive anyone crazy, and definitely cause those in middle-age like Miss Foley to get depressed over a couple wrinkles. There's some deep metaphor here, however, that's just perfect for adolescents with self-esteem issues. We're talking about the way in which Charles Halloway breaks the eerie magic of the Mirror Maze – by accepting and loving himself for who he is, just as he is, wrinkles and all.