The Last Night of the World

by

Ray Bradbury

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Stan Willis is one of the man’s coworkers and is the only named character in the story. One day, Stan confides in the man about his strange, apocalyptic dream. When the man reveals that he had the same exact dream the night before, Stan relaxes and seems unsurprised. His reaction is one of the many illustrations in the story of how accepting one’s reality, rather than living in denial or anxious speculation, leads to a sense of peace—but also complacency.
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Stan Willis Character Timeline in The Last Night of the World

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The Last Night of the World
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...didn’t think much about his dream until he went to work and noticed his coworker Stan Willis staring out the window. Concerned, the man asked Stan what he was thinking about,... (full context)
Denial and Acceptance Theme Icon
Stan told the man about his dream. When the man revealed that he, too, had the... (full context)