"VIVA LA VIDA OR DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS"
The story written by Bradbury occurs in an uncommon day: February 30th, 1951. In this this particular date, the world is expected to end and this notice was delivered in the most over ground mode. The protagonist and some of his coworkers had the same dream about the finish of all things. So, in the story, he (the protagonist) and his wife discuss about how they supposed to spend the little time they had of living to make the best of it. Ironically enough, they just took a couple of coffee and go to bed, like always.
The author approaches the “end of the world” theme with a philosophic way that catches up the reader’s attention to the text. While almost all human kind fears death and finish of life, the main character and his wife face it naturally. Bradbury uses a symbology that I did not understand clearly that is the little girls playing in the yard by the green light of a hurricane lamp. After thinking a while, I suppose this symbol represents somehow the hope, but I am not so sure what this hope is about.
The method Bradbury chooses to the end of the world is a little dramatic in first sight. A hydrogen bomb or atomic bomb is a drastic mode to destroy the planet. Thinking through it, I suppose it may be a hard criticism to the USA attacks to Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This way, the author points out the worldwide problem it may occur if this type of weapon became usual. Well, bringing it to the present, nuclear weapons owned by USA, Iran, North Koran and other nations really are a huge trouble to the Earth’s population.
Leonardo Rander is a Pharmacy undergrad that loves to venture in the Arts.