Essay about Something Wicked This Way Comes

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American society has gone through several cultural changes over the recent decades. Something Wicked This Way Comes was written during a time of great social change; the author, Rad Bradbury, did a thorough job in reflecting the changing social environment of the 60s within his own characters. In 1962, the year in which Something Wicked This Way Comes was released, the youth of the United States were experiencing the Hippie movement, the adults of the 60s were dealing with the process of excepting their new found places in the world, and the society of the 60s faced an incessant issue with self acceptance. Bradbury managed to effectively interlink all of the factors mentioned above in one book. The Hippie Movement started during the …show more content…
According to the University of Washington draft evasion reached an all time high during the Vietnam War the level of evasion went so far as to cripple the selection process for drafts. The youth of the 60s felt that they were invincible in a time of upheaval; Bradbury also includes dialog between Jim and his Mother where he vows to never let himself get hurt. Jim's pledge to himself is reminiscent of the attitude most youth had toward their own surrounding troubles. While the youth of the 60s were fighting their battles the adults of the 60s had their own problems to address. Most children being brought up into the world of protesting were being exposed to it by their parents. Instead of taking on the formal role of parenting as their parents had done before them the parents of the 60s were young at heart similar to Bradbury's character Charles Halloway. Charles was fifty-four and yearned to run free like his son; therefore, yearning to experience what it meant to be young and careless again. The parents of the 60s chose to live their lives their own way despite living in a society that was praising the “suburban” family for its normality and its stability. Charles Halloway and the parents of the 60s have one underlining similarity, both parties were willing to live amongst a world that they were seen as socially awkward and or disconnected from reality. Charles Halloway is miserable throughout the beginning

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