The Illustrated Man Topics for Discussion

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Why does Ray Bradbury use the story of the Illustrated Man to tie together this series of short stories into a single framework?

Imagine that the stories in The Illustrated Man take place in the same future, as the prologue suggests. Organize the stories on a timeline in the order in which they would occur.

A number of characters in Bradbury's stories are unnamed, including the Rocket Man, the couple in "The Last Night of the World", the Christ figure in "The Man", the white man in "The Other Foot", and the captain in "The Exiles". What is the significance of leaving these characters unnamed?

Compare the father in "The Rocket" to the father in "The Rocket Man".

Many of Bradbury's stories are cautionary tales, warning of dangers to human society. What dangers do the stories "The Veldt", "The Exiles", "The Concrete Mixer", "Marionettes, Inc.", "The Visitor...

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