Ray Bradbury's The Murderer

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The main character in ‘The Murderer’ by Ray Bradbury is Albert Brock. In this story, he plays the character of a prisoner who is jailed for his violent actions against society, and this is his conflict. The author has built him so he helps us piece together the story, but can also leave us in suspense in some parts of the story, which leaves us with a mystery. Although, when we are first presented to this character in the story, he is described as “smiling” by the Psychiatrist, and this seems very unusual, as he has been jailed. In his society, he is considered as an outsider, and someone who is mentally unstable. This character has a big impact on conveying the deeper meaning, as he is the one who the deeper meaning is based around. For example, in this story, I think that the deeper…show more content…
This is shown, when he is jailed by society’s choice, for preventing the use of technology for part of the society, by destroying them. This conflict is first introduced when Brock tells the psychiatrist that “No, only to machines that yak-yak-yak”; this tells us that he is against the use of technology, and describes machines as things that ‘yak-yak’, which enjoys time alone, and in quiet places. This is developed throughout the story, as we find out more reasons of why he has a hatred for technology. I think the climax of this story is when are first clearly introduced to the crime that Brock committed. "Fine. The first victim, or one of the first, was my telephone. Murder most foul. I shoved it in the kitchen Insinkerator! Stopped the disposal unit in mid-swallow. Poor thing strangled to death. After that I shot the television set!” This describes the crime, and the Brock has also personified the machines, which makes the story even more interesting, as we were not expecting him to be labeled as ‘The Murderer’ for destroying technology. This shows that in this society, technology is considered as important as human

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