Being different is a good thing. Sadly, being different and getting bullied often comes as a package deal. Almost every good story has a bully and a victim, and this story is no exception.

Perhaps bullying and being different are relatable themes, because most people know bullying from real life too.

Ray Bradbury sure knew everything about being different when he wrote the Sci-Fi short story “All summer in a day”, in 1954, which is about exactly that.

When Ray Bradbury was young, he and his mother moved around a lot. He was therefore used to be the new kid.

We only get to know a few characters in the short story. Margot is the protagonist and is described as a frail girl, without much personality.

“She was a very frail girl who looked as if she had been lost in the rain for years and the rain had washed out the blue from her eyes and the red from her mouth…” (page 1, line 33-35).

In this quote, the author uses a metaphor to describe the emptiness of Margot. Margot does not appear shy, despite her being bullied.

She stands up for herself even when they are laughing at her. With that said, she also talks with a very quiet voice when she reads her poem out loud for the class, which probably shows that she does not have the highest confidence either.

Aside from Margot, we also briefly get to know William. William is one of Margot’s classmate, who appears to be the leader of the bullying and one of the children that do not believe her when she talks about the sun.