Examine the use of humor in Bradbury’s writing. What kinds of humor does he employ most often, and what does that tell us of his view on human nature? Consider how humor is used to leaven the seriousness of a situation, as in “The Earth Men” and “The Silent Towns”.
How credible is the notion that people will return to a war-ravaged earth when it is threatened by world war? What assumptions does. Bradbury make with such a premise, and how true do they hold today?