Ray Bradbury: Short Stories

The Fog Horn

What do you think causes the sea creature to react in this way? Why might loneliness sometimes find expression in a desperate action or in anger?

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The monster internalizes the sound: it is a sound that speaks to it's primordial pathos and loneliness. When the sound ceases, the monster feels utterly alone. Loneliness is an empty emotion that has the power to destroy. People lash out at their own loneliness. We, as humans, are social animals. Intense loneliness causes us to react in violent ways against the abyss.