"All Summer in a Day" is about life on the planet Venus. Apart from the one day every seven years that the sun comes out, it is always raining.Continue Reading
The short story begins with a classroom of children staring out of a window. Being Venus-born, none of the children are old enough to have ever seen the sun, except Margot. Margot was brought to Venus from Earth when she was old enough to remember the look and feel of the sun. As predicted by scientists, the sun only shines once every seven years on Venus. The day on which the story takes place is one of those days.
All of the students are crowded around the window waiting for the rain to abate. Margot, in particular, is very excited. She reminisces aloud about the sun, saying it looks like "a fire in the stove." Margot's classmates are too immature to understand or believe her, so, out of malice, they lock her in a closet. The teacher enters to inform the children that they only have two hours to play before the rain returns. The children go outside and play in ecstasy, enjoying their first day of sunshine. However, when they return to the classroom, they all realize they forgot Margot. Ashamed, the children stand glancing at each other for a few moments before they let her out of the closet.Learn more about Classics
"1984" follows the life of Winston Smith, a low-ranking member of the ruling Party, in a dystopian London where a totalitarian government controls the lives of its citizens with an iron fist. It is Orwell’s most well-known political science fiction, written as an allegory of Soviet-style dictatorships.Full Answer >
In Ray Bradbury's short story "A Sound of Thunder," Eckels joins a time-traveling team to hunt a tyrannosaurus Rex. During the hunt, he steps on and kills a butterfly. When he returns back to the present day, he finds that his actions have caused an alternate present.Full Answer >
"The Summer of the Swans" explores a young girl's coming of age when she faces the disappearance of her younger brother and realizes her own petty concerns pale in comparison to life's real and harrowing events. When Sara finally locates Charlie, she realizes the importance of meaningful, loving relationships.Full Answer >
There is no evidence of life existing on Venus, and current scientific theories suggest that it is very unlikely that the planet can support life. The planet's high temperature and lack of water are cited as reasons for its hostility to harboring life.Full Answer >