There are very few characters in “The Strawberry Window” by Ray Bradbury, and the characters that he uses trust each other because they are family. Bradbury usually gives them dialogue in great length. This signals the audience that their dialogue is very significant because they are not having a brief conversation, but rather a sort of honest confession. The dialogue in “The Strawberry Window” gives the audience important insight into the characters’ thoughts.
The main character’s wife has dialogue which reveals her most private thoughts. . At the beginning of the story, the wife, Carrie, is explaining the reasons she misses earth. She explains to her husband that “It's the little things [she misses] most of all” (Bradbury 270). Through her conversation, the reader can begin to understand the things she misses about earth, and how she regrets coming to Mars. The reader knows that Carrie is talking to her husband, whom she trusts. Therefore, the audience can begin to understand that these are her most private thoughts, fears, and regrets, which she is explaining to her husband. Bradbury uses this dialogue not only to develop Carrie’s character, but also to give the family some background.
The main character, Bob, has dialogue which demonstrates his opinions about living on Mars. On the way to the rocket depot, he explains his reasoning for wanting to stay on Mars. He begins by stating he “[believes] in Mars” (Bradbury 273). Then, he follows by saying explaining why. To the reader, Bob seems to be well prepared with his explanation. This allows the reader to infer that Bob has spent a lot of time thinking about their future on Mars, and that it is something he cares deeply about. Bradbury incorporates this dialogue because in order to demonstrate how
Bob and Carrie’s sons do nott have a very important role in the story, but their brief dialogue gives us a great clue to understanding their personalities. During his explanation about his belief in the benevolence of Mars, Bob mentions how they should be like salmon. He says that salmon do not understand why they go to the places they do, but go anyway. Bob explains that his family should act the same way, and stay on Mars because although they might not know why it is right, they know that they will understand why in the future. When one of Bob’s sons says "Tell us again about the salmon" (Bradbury 275), it allows the reader to further understand the boy’s relationship with his father. Bradbury includes this dialogue to develop the boy’s characterization, showing how he respects his father. By asking Bob to talk about the salmon again, the reader can infer that the son asks for his father to keep speaking because he enjoys when his father explains his ideas. The author includes this dialogue to show the son enjoys his father’s presence and ideas, and to show how the boy wants to relate to his father more closely.
Overall, Bradbury uses dialogue in “The Strawberry Window” in order to give the reader insight into his characters’ thoughts. This dialogue is used effectively, developing the characters in their relationships with each other. Carrie reveals her regrets, Bob reveals his most significant belief, and the son reveals his respect for his father. Without their dialogue, the characters would just be there; they would not be people with beliefs, fears, and regrets.