Ray Bradbury has been on of the most influential and entertaining writers of his time period. He aided in making the Science Fiction genre respectable. Bradbury has also mastered many other fields. He has written fantasies, crime and mystery stories, supernatural tales, mainstream literature, and of course science fiction. He has been classified as an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet. He achieved such success through his unique style that includes many literary elements and themes to give his stories depth and meaning. Ray Bradbury's sophisticated prose style, themes, and literary elements he intertwines into his stories has gained him and his field respect. Bradbury's advanced writing abilities also contribute to his success. The themes of his stories are profound and give the reader true insight into the reality of the world around them. He tries to open their eyes through his themes, messages and satires. Bradbury's lifetime commitment as a writer has inspired and changed many lives due to his exceptional abilities and creativity.
Bradbury's abilities are far more superior and developed than many other authors. His abilities began to develop at a young age. Between the years 1938 and 1945, Bradbury developed the style and tone that brought him prosperity. Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. Growing up here inspired him and was considered a "rich source of artistic material." Bradbury's grandmother rented a room in her house. Throughout Bradbury's stay and visits there he was introduced to "a colorful assortment of characters.".
One of Bradbury's most praiseworthy abilities is to turn ordinary situations into the extraordinary. Bradbury does this in many stories but specifically in "The Dwarf" and "The Man Upstairs." "The Man Upstairs" was based on many of these transients. (Johnson, 105) In "The Man Upstairs" the plot is relatively simple and the title sets the basis for story.