All Summer in A Day Questions
- After the children see the sun, they “could not meet each other’s glances” when they think what they have done to Margot. Has seeing the sun changed the children in any way? If so, how? Do the children better understand and sympathize more with Margot after seeing the sun? Why, or why not?
They felt bad because Margot was telling them about the sun and they all thought she was lying, they finally saw the sun and understood what Margot was talking about so they felt bad
- Why do you think Margot acts the way she does—why doesn’t she play with her classmates, for example? Why does she react so strongly to the shower?
She doesn’t play with the kids because she gets bullied by them, I think because the shower reminds her of the rain, and because it rains all the time she is tired of it
- Why do you think the other children mistreat Margot? Why do they refuse to believe what she says? Why do you think the boy says, “Nothing’s happening today”? What does this show about why people bully others?
The other kids mistreat Margot because she is different, she came from earth and has actually seen the sun before, and they are jealous that she still remembers how the sun used to be, they bully her because they don’t know how to deal with their jealousy
- What do you think happens after the story ends?
I think all the kids apologize the Margot for doing this, and I think because Margot was sad I think her parents took her back to earth
- What do you think the sun might symbolize in this story? It represents more than just the actual, physical sun. What long-term effect do you think never seeing the sun might have on people? What do you think the story suggests about advanced technology that might allow us to do things like live on Venus?
I think the sun represents hope, because they know that there is something else out there to believe in, I think that having advanced technology isn’t always the best thing, it can’t replace nature
- What do you think are the themes and messages of the story? Think about the situation the people in Venus are in, as well as the consequences of it, and consider what happens to Margot in the story as well.
Enjoy the little things, don’t bully people for believing in different things