30 pages 1 hour read

Ray Bradbury

The Other Foot

Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1951

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Essay Topics


How does Bradbury indicate Willie’s changing attitude toward white people in general and the old man in particular over the course of the story? How does he view the prospect of a white visitor at the beginning of the story? What changes his mind?


Analyze the character of Hattie. What motivates her? What clues are offered about her past on Earth? Why does she initially go along with Willie in his attempts to organize a lynching and then change her mind at the airport?


Examine the role of gender in “The Other Foot.” Hattie first appears in her kitchen, where she is tending a pot of soup and then speaks to her children. How does her portrayal change? How do men and women treat each other on Mars? How does this reflect (or fail to reflect) gender roles in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s?