Each story tells a separate tale involving different characters; however, they are all connected to character called the Illustrated Man.
While the plots of the stories deal with typical science fiction themes like space travel and technology, the stories and the characters involved carry a deeper message about human nature and relationships looking at technology vs humanity.
Thought Provoking Illustrations in The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury first introduces us to the Illustrated Man in Wisconsin, on a warm afternoon in early September.
The Illustrated Man is shown to be large and well built, 'but now, for some reason, going to fat'.
Related to this is the particular danger posed by children.
Here it’s not neglect that’s at fault, but the common adult refusal to take the behaviour of children seriously.Bradbury exaggerates the effects that the technology has for impact, with the parents dying as a result of relying so much on their house's technological equipment, and not bothering to communicate with other human beings.---------------------------------------------------------------------- In Kaleidoscope, Bradbury explores not only the concept of death, but also his belief that we must make the most of our lives when we have the chance, because at the end, the only things we are left with are our memories.What’s even more remarkable, and increasingly disturbing, is that the illustrations are themselves magically alive, and each proceeds to unfold its own story, such as “The Veldt,” wherein rowdy children take a game of virtual reality way over the edge.Or “Kaleidoscope,” a heartbreaking portrait of stranded astronauts about to reenter our atmosphere–without the benefit of a spaceship.One of his works that is a personal favourite of mine is his collection of short stories, .The Illustrated Man has remained in print since being published in 1951 and is a fair testimony to the universal appeal of Bradbury’s work.Religion or spirituality represents humanity, which conflicts with the captain’s desire to find out about the physical world.He is so concerned with finding the physical evidence of Christ that he misses out on spirituality.Similarly in “Marionettes, Inc.”, an unhappily married man buys a realistic robot to act as a surrogate so that he doesn’t have to deal with his wife, and the man’s friend also goes to buy one for himself.The characters use technology as a substitute for facing the human problems of their marriage, and in doing so, they ruin themselves. In this story, children across the country are deeply involved in an exciting game they call ‘Invasion’.