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Literary Analysis
Chronological Order

The order in which events occur is called chronological order. Sometimes authors break chronological order. For example, flashbacks describe events that happened in the past. To determine chronological order, look for words that identify time (six o’clock, today, 2004, yesterday) or signal order (before, next, then, last).

Directions: Use this chart to record story events in chronological order. Then answer the question below.
[ART: Add arrows leading from one box to the next]
Early Morning (from 7:00 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.)


Mid-Morning (from 9:15 A.M. to noon)


Early Afternoon (from noon to 4:30 P.M.)


Late Afternoon (from 2:35 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.)


Night (from 9:00 P.M. to dawn)

Why do you think Bradbury decided to follow strict chronological order in this story?

Resource Manager Unit 3 49
Answer Key


Literary Analysis, pages 49, 50

Responses will vary. Possible answers are provided.

Early Morning: Alarm voice speaks. machine make breakfast, offer billing reminders, open and close garage doors. The breakfasts remain uneaten. The dishes are scraped and washed.

Mid-Morning: Mechanical mice clean the house. Sprinklers water the lawn.

Early Afternoon: The dog returns, starving and sick. The dog finds no one in the house and dies. The mice clean away the body. Card tables set up and then clear a card game. Animal noises entertain an empty nursery.

Late Afternoon: Baths are filled with water. Machines make dinner.

Night: Beds are warmed. A poem is read. A wind knock a tree into a kitchen window. Solvent spills and starts a fire. The house is destroyed except for one wall. An electronic voice repeats the date over and over.

Bradbury chose to use strict chronological order because it presents a clear and logical way to tell the story. He does not use flashbacks because they might have distracted from the story of the house that lived on after its inhabitants died.

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