The Fog Horn by Ray Bradbury
Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer. Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers. • The Fog Horn portrayed a creature that came from the ancient world with an elegant style.
The plot follows Johnny and Mcduun, who are putting in a night's work at a remote lighthouse. The lighthouse's resonating fog horn attracts a sea monster who destroys the place. This was actually the third time the monster had visited the lighthouse. He had been attracted by the same fog horn on the same night the two earlier years. • McDunn attributes the monster's actions to feelings of unrequited love for the lighthouse, whose fog horn sounds exactly like the wailings of the sea monster himself. The fog horn tricks the monster into thinking he has found another of his kind, one who acts as though the monster did not even exist. When the horn is turned off, the monster destroys the lighthouse in anger. The monster never returned.
Q：Why did the dinosaur destroy the lighthouse? • "That's life for you," said McDunn. "Someone always waiting for someone who never comes home. Always someone loving some thing more than that thing loves them. And after a while you want to destroy whatever that thing is, so it can hurt you no more."
"All year long, Johnny, that poor monster there lying far out, a thousand miles at sea, andtwenty miles deep maybe, biding its time, perhaps a million years old, this one creature.Think of it, waiting a million years; could you wait that long? Maybe it's the last of its kind. Isort of think that's true. Anyway, here come men on land and build this lighthouse, five yearsago. And set up their Fog Horn and sound it and sound it out towards the placewhere you buryyourself in sleep and sea memories of a world where there were thousands like yourself, butnow you're alone, all alone in a world that's not made for you, a world where you have to hide." Theme: Loneliness
Homework • A. If you can live such a long time, how will you feel? Write a short story, one or two paragraphs, imagine you have lived for a long, long time, as the monster, as the man. • B. How you may feel or think if you are that dinosaur? Write a paragraph in the view of that dinosaur.