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The Illustrated Man: A Short Analysis: Home


You'll choose to analyze ONE of four short stories from Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man.

This organizer is to be used when re-reading the story after reading the article.

Here's an example of the above organizer filled out (The Long Rain).

Works Cited

Your Works Cited should have TWO entries: 

  1. The short story
  2. The article

You will use to create the Works Cited.

MyBib works like Easybib but without the adds.

Go to and click on Login.  Rename the "project" if you like.

For the book:  Click on Book.  Enter Book Title.  Click to select.

For the database articleClick on More.  Click on Write/Paste (last one).  Paste the Citation from the Database article into the first box.  Click on Save.  


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Jennifer Jourdain
Montachusett Regional Voc Tech School
1050 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-9200 x5125

Articles to Read in Relation to the Stories

For ONE of the stories below, choose ONE article and analyze it using a Note Taking Sheet.  You will use information from the article to write a short analysis comparing the story with the article.

The Veldt - Parents allow technology to take over their role as parents as their children becoming increasingly undisciplined.

Kaleidoscope - The crew of a doomed spaceship faces their own mortality as they drift helplessly through space.

Marionettes - An unhappily married man buys a robot to act as a surrogate for his wife. The robot falls in love with the man's wife and locks the husband away.

The Other Foot - Mars is colonized solely by black people. When they learn that a rocket is coming from Earth with white men, they plan to institute a system of racial segregation but change their minds.

To see an example of a filled out Note Taking Sheet, click here.

Sample Analysis Paper

For a copy of the short analysis template, click here.
How to Write The Illustrated Man: Short Analysis Essay
React personally. (However, do no use personal pronouns)
Never write: “In my opinion…” Or “I think…”
Put order to your findings. What is the most logical and compelling way to present your material? 
  • Chronological (if dealing with a chronological plot) - The order of the story. 
  • Cause and Effect 
  • Build an argument, starting with the least compelling evidence and building to the most impressive point. 
Use evidence from the short story & the article to support your opinion.

Short analysis format:
Introduction Paragraph:
Write an interesting “hook” sentence that makes the reader want to read on.
Use the name of the short story and the author. Briefly state the main point(s) of your essay. (Based on the theme of the short story.)
Strong statement of thesis / main idea. (What your essay will say to the reader. Combine the story with the nonfiction article.)
The Long Rain example:
Constant darkness and pounding rain surrounds the men in Venus and leads to their chronic depression and a lack of hope. In the short story, The Long Rain, Ray Bradbury illustrates the despair that men feel when faced with insurmountable odds in a hostile environment.  Due to a  lack of sunlight, the men also suffer from seasonal affective disorder, which leads to their inability to deal with adversity until they see the sun again.
Supporting Paragraphs:
For each supporting paragraph bring down a briefly stated main point & elaborate.
Use your voice to discuss the prompt and the main point.
Use evidence from the short story & the article to support your ideas.
Discuss one point per supporting paragraph.
Incorporate in-text citations from both the short story & the article.
Use transition words to make the supporting paragraphs flow.
(i.e. furthermore, in addition, moreover, first, second, third, finally, again, 
also, and, besides, further, in the first place, last, likewise, next, then.)
Conclusion Paragraph:
Restate your thesis / main idea.
Summarize your main points. (Tie up any loose ends.)
Create an strongly worded “clincher” sentence to end your conclusion.
Never introduce new information in the conclusion.
Works Cited:
A Works Cited is mandatory (2 references required: the book and the article).  Use
Include citation information from the short story & the article.