The Stories of Ray Bradbury Setting & Symbolism

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Charles Braling's Coffinappears in The Coffin

In "The Coffin" Charles Braling builds an automated coffin. When a body is placed inside, the coffin robotically embalms the body, displays flowers, plays music, eulogizes the deceased, and then drives to the final resting spot where it self-buries using mechanical arms. Charles' last wish had been to be entombed in the coffin. Instead, as Charles surely anticipated, his cheapskate younger brother Richard had Charles buried in a pine box. Richard's curiosity then leads him to climb into the coffin whereupon he is embalmed, eulogized, and buried.

Marsappears in Several stories

Mars is the fourth planet in the solar system—in Bradbury's stories Mars has a thin but breathable atmosphere, a generally earth-like climate, an extensive network of water-filled canals, and is home to an advanced Martian civilization. It is usually described as red and dusty, though in "The Strawberry Window...

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