Dandelion Wine
Ray Bradbury
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
Symbols are objects or figures that artists use to represent an idea.

Various machines and kinds of technology appear in the novel’s stories, some representing a traditional "old-fashioned" world - such as the lawnmower and the trolley - while others are seen as dangers that take away the pleasures of human experience, such as the lawn that doesn’t need mowing or the Happiness Machine. Where the line is drawn between "good" technology and "bad" seems haphazard and random to modern readers - after all, isn’t a lawnmower depriving people of the pleasures of a natural, full-grown lawn?

Isn’t a trolley as noisome as the buses that replace it? However, given the specific time and location, it seems that Bradbury is content to place the established technologies of the time as the forces of good - models of human achievement that encourage better living - while more recent developments are bad. The notion of machines is extended further into the natural, as the human body is also described as a machine - a vessel of information - which again is a symbol of life and the struggle against mortality.

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