The stories of R. Bradbury are fascinatingly interesting. I generally like science fiction. But the works of this writer shocked me not because people live on Venus, or on Mars, or on Earth in the distant future. I was surprised how they live, what they are. The writer as if warns people: look, that the mankind expects, if to give will of cruelty, rage, egoism hidden in people.
In the story “All summer in one day” this cruelty is shown by children towards their classmate Margo. They live on Venus, where it rains day and night, and only once in seven years the sun shows for two hours. But the children have never seen it and do not believe that it exists.
And Margot flew from Earth. She remembers the sun, she knows how warm and affectionate she is, and she misses
And if human cruelty goes beyond all limits, there may come a nightmare, of which we read in the story “Smile”. A terrible war ruined civilization. And now poor,
The mysterious sad smile of “Mona Lisa” penetrates into the heart of Tom’s boy, and the heart of the child comes to life, rushing to meet the good and beauty. Tom saves during the “execution” of the great painting a piece of canvas with a smile and carries away in his palm. A wonderful smile, kind and affectionate, is reserved for the world. And, maybe, when Tom grows up, he will become that person who will save the world and create a new civilization.
R. Bradbury’s stories show what human cruelty can lead to, and they teach us good, love for people and beauty.