Themes of Ray Bradbury


One of the most prominent Science Fiction authors alive today is Ray Bradbury. Throughout his many works, Ray uses many Themes. Two Examples are Technology and Death. In most of his works, someone dies, usually in a grotesque manner. Technology is often quite advanced in comparison with our current technology.


In his works Fahrenheit 451, “Zero Hour”, “The Veldt”, and There will come soft rains, Ray Bradbury used the Theme of Death. For example, in Fahrenheit 451, Montag kills Beatty with a flamethrower, a possible symbol of Bradbury’s mental state. In addition, in “Zero Hour,” The children’s parents are feared to be killed by Martian Invaders, even though the end has an ironic, funny, yet disturbed ending, when the child appears saying, “peek-a-boo,” right in the middle of the climax. Furthermore, in “The Veldt,” lions, another example of Bradbury’s mentality, kill the children’s parents.


In addition, in several of his books, Bradbury uses the theme of Technology taking over. In “The Veldt,” the nursery makes the lions become real, which then kill the parents. In addition, in Fahrenheit 451, the Mechanical hound is the result of technological advances, and it is what almost brings Montag down. In “Zero Hour,” most of the suspense builds when the mother learns on the talking TV that all children are playing “invasion.”


While I have only addressed two themes, Bradbury uses hundreds of themes in his novels. The unique thing about him is that all his novels relate to one another, making them all seem in the same era and place. He uses repetition and exaggeration to make his strong points, yet each one means something important to the novel.