Moral Criticism

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Kane VanDyke
ENG104
Literary Cricism
Moral Cricism
If we look at “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury through the lense of moral cricism
our objecve is to see what the deeper meaning of the story or the morality is meant to make
the reader feel. We can do this by asking how Bradbury felt about the world he lived in and
taking a look at what the moral meaning of the story is. Is it a story of corrupon that teaches
poor behavior? Or one of virtue that encourages the reader to think and act posively? It’s
more of a way to look at literature as a whole instead of just inside the story itself, it’s looking at
how it in3uences readers. To determine what Bradbury meant for this story to in3uence we
have to take a look at the moral teachings of the story and his outlook on the society he lives in
and what he feels it’ll look like in the future (because that’s what he writes about).
In All Summer in a Day, he writes about Margot, a child who has experienced things that
the other students haven’t and is capable of crical thinking. But instead of making Margot the
heroine of the story, he instead suppresses her by making the bully, William, victorious. When
Margot is locked in the closet it shows Bradbury’s lack of faith in humanity and a rather grim
outlook on the children of the future. This can be assumed because they treat Margot poorly
and lock her away, making the story one of misfortune and sadness for Margot. Instead of