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Characteristics of Mr. Dark
Brandon CP English 9
10 January 2012
Characteristics of Mr. Dark
Through the thought process, have you ever tried to read, or figure out Mr. Dark’s characteristics? Tried to figure out his ways? Here’s my summarization of finding the characteristics of Mr. Dark in the book Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Mr. Dark has many characteristics. The top three characteristics are powerful, evil, and freaky. He has a powerful characteristic because he controls the carnival. Freaky because he manipulates Will and Jim, and finally evil, because of how he threatened Mr. Halloway to stop his heart.
Mr. Dark is the freak with the leashes! He knows what strings to pull, and when to pull them. He is the alpha male of the carnival! Want reasons? Well, as Mr. Dark stood in the middle of the meadow. He made one gesture, and the train came to life! Like in the book ‘’All dark suit, shadow faced, he walked to the center of the meadow… He gestured once, and the train came to life’’ (Bradbury 52). Along with the carnival, Mr. Dark controls the freaks in the carnival. Every Freak Mr. Dark has in the carnival is on his body as a tattoo. “Mr. Dark and his mob of illustrations surged forward on the pine platform a jungle beneath each arm, and Egyptian viper scrolled on each bicep... and strange monsters gaped their fang’s from his chest, a Cyclopes with a novel for a squinted moron eye twitches on his stomach as he strobes” (Bradbury 110,111). Also the showing of the leashes that he holds “the freaks leaped in a frolic of shock, then calmed as the carnival owner continued with great ease, patting and soothing his own illustrations, which patted and soothed the freaks’’ (Bradbury 111).
Another characteristic is evil. Mr. Dark is evil because he was trying to find the boy’s. Mr. Dark threatens Mr. Halloway, Will’s dad, that if he doesn’t tell him where Will and Jim are that he’ll have the Dusk Witch give him a heart attack. “One of my friends, outside can fix you so it seems you died of most natural heart failure’’ (Bradbury 210). Also, Mr. Dark told Will that he put his mom on the carrousel and made her very old, so that Will would come out of hiding. ‘’William… Where’s your mother tonight? She was out riding the night wind… We put her on. Around. We left her on. A year, another year… around’’ (Bradbury 216). Then, Mr. Dark found Will and Jim. Mr. Dark, Will, and Jim saw Jim and Wills Moms outside going into the church, Will’s mom was perfectly fine. Then Will realized that Mr. Dark was bluffing. Will screams, and then Mr. Dark mocks him. Then Mr. Dark says to Will ‘’we’ll let her in?’’ Then Will starts to scream saying ‘’mom, come save us!” “Mom, Will screamed… Mom, Mr. Dark mockingly, Come save us… Well Let her in. Will strangled a sob. No. no. no” (Bradbury 221-222).
Mr. Dark is freaky! Mr. Dark controls the carnival, so he controls all the rides, and all the freaks that are involved. What’s freaky is that Mr. Dark can live forever! This is implied because he has the carousel, and he can go backwards however many years he wants to. So he can stay young forever! Another example of his freaky characteristics is when the Lighting Rod Salesman is walking down the street, he passes Mr. Halloway’s shop, and see’s the most beautiful women, and it reminds him of all the beautiful women he’s ever seen. Well that attracts him, so he touches the door, and it opens up by its self, and then he steps in and it closes. ‘’The Lightning-rod salesman stood there for a while… His hand touched the shop door. It swung open… He Stepped in. The door shut’’ (Bradbury 45) Then there is where Mr. Dark is looking for Jim and Will. He is looking for them, and it describes how he stalks, tippy toes trying to find them which is really freaky. ‘’Immensely patient that soft voice, ever the warmest friends to chilly creatures burrowed away, nested amongst dry books; so he scuttered, crept, scurried, stalked, tip-toed, wafted, stood immensely still among the primates’’ (Bradbury 215). The last reason why Mr. Dark is freaky is when he shows Mr. Halloway Jim and Will’s faces on his palms. “The Illustrated Man thrust out his hands… Tattooed in bright blue ink, Will’s face gazed up at him from the palm of the right hand… The left palm, Jims face was indelible and natural as life’’ (Bradbury 17)
As I stated that Mr. Dark is a powerful, evil, and freaky man. He tried to manipulate Will and Jim, threatened Mr. Halloway, lured The Lightning-rod salesman, completely controlled the carnival, and all that was associated with the carnival. Now that you read my essay, do you have a different thought process of Mr. Dark?
Bradbury, Ray. Something Wicked This Way Comes. New York, NY: William Morrow, 1962.
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