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Sun And Shadow Explication Essay

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As members of a first-world nation, we are disrespectfully quick to point out the flaws and downfalls of impecunious societies and use the societies like mere scenery, even though we walk together on this earth. In “Sun and Shadow," Ray Bradbury manipulates Ricardo to convey to the reader the impertinence from outsiders and the responses from Ricardo and his fellow townspeople. A photographer is encountered doing a photo shoot on Ricardo’s property, and Ricardo becomes unhappy with his presence and angrily tells him to leave. After Ricardo’s increasingly sharp comments and attitudes augment, the photographer becomes satirical and facetious, poking fun at the lifestyle in which Ricardo lives. The short-tempered townsman reveals his defiance through actions projected towards the photographer. Through the use of characterization, Bradbury defines the fine societal line between Ricardo, the penurious dweller of the village, the inconsiderate photographer, and the sympathetic townspeople.
With assertive shouts and short tempers, the prominent character, Ricardo, is characterized as a feisty townsman, doing nothing except trying to protect his town and its members from the judgments of the western world. For example, the characterization of the “‘…quaint’” man is exemplified through the simplicity of his life and the fact that he is “‘…employed’” and is full of knowledge, not a “‘cow in the forest’” (55, 29, 32). Ricardo desperately wants to establish the notion that he is not a heartless, feebleminded man, only an indigent, simple man striving to protect his friends and family from the criticisms of callous cultures. Incessantly Ricardo attempts to make it clear to the photographer the irritation elicited by his presence. In an attempt to establish his purpose in the world, Ricardo “bullish[ly] spouts” in defiance and expresses his “rage” with the photographer through actions of opposition, all the while questioning the sanity of his “‘not-bothered’” friends (55, 38, 49). By manipulating Ricardo in this manner, Bradbury conveys to his readers the irritation and anger brought on by the photographer. The action of dropping his trousers shows Ricardo’s passive-aggressive resistance to the photographer, thus rendering his photograph unusable and nonfunctional. Having expressed his exasperation, Ricardo directs his attention to fellow townsmen who feel as though the presence of the photographer is nonintrusive. In addition to his acts of defiance, Ricardo tries to convince the photographer “‘[They] must understand each other’” and work together “‘With dignity…’” to find a solution to the “‘chaos’” of the critical world. Ricardo wants to create a unity with the photographer and eliminate the harsh judgment of civilized and modernized societies. In order to accomplish the goal of brotherhood, one must perform the necessary task of showing noncompliance and standing up for themselves and those around them. Ricardo’s audacious actions...

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