Dandelion Wine: A Literary Analysis

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1. The conflict or issue of Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury is evident when the protagonist Douglas Spaulding faces the “circle” of life. Douglas struggles with the concept of inevitable death and the challenges that occur as things change throughout life. In the beginning of the novel, Douglas discovers that he is alive, and he recognizes feelings that he that he never noticed before and had never previously understood. This discovery excites Douglas and makes him see the summer in a new and joyful way where he begins to record his summer in a tablet through a series of reflections. However, after thinking about the concept of being alive, Douglas also faces the concept of death, which frightens him. Throughout the novel, Douglas struggles…show more content…
The setting of this novel is Green Town, Illinois, the hometown of Douglas Spaulding and his family, in the summer of 1928. However, much of the story takes place in and around the Spaulding house. This setting is integral to the plot in many ways. For example, the Spaulding house in Green Town is where Douglas, his brother Tom, and Grandpa collect dandelions in the summer, which they turn into a special wine that they use to preserve the days of summer in a bottle. Green Town is important to the plot as it is the place where Douglas finds the magic of summer and it is where he grows up to have his happy memories with his family and friends. This setting can be seen as integral as it is where Douglas begins to see the summer differently and begins to record the “rituals” of summer that occur every year in Green Town and how life occurs in a circle and that some problems with friends and family cannot be avoided. The year of 1928 is also integral to the story as Douglas and his family live in a time without advanced technology; therefore, they are afforded more time to spend with family and friends and are able to develop deep and meaningful…show more content…
The protagonist Douglas Spaulding of the novel is very well-drawn and realistic, and he experiences growth and change throughout the story. In the beginning of the novel, Douglas’s thoughts are centered on his childhood. However, as time continues, Douglas begins to think more about life and his future. The thought of death and the changes in his life that occurred over the summer, begin to upset him. As Douglas begins to struggle with his thoughts and ideas, he begins to accept life and no longer tries to run away from life’s cycle. Douglas grows from being afraid of the uncertainties and inevitabilities of life to a mature boy who fully comprehends life, understands what it entails, and accepts it. Douglas’s transformation is evident when Douglas goes to take the Tarot Witch game from the arcade in the hope that the fortune-telling wax figure can provide him with immortality if he can release the real “witch” supposedly inside the wax. However, Douglas later comes to the realization that this cannot be true. His acts of desperation and fear evolved into reason and

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