The Long Rain

by

Ray Bradbury

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Unnamed Man Character Analysis

The unnamed man is one of the four American men who initially survives the rocket crash on Venus, along with the lieutenant, Simmons, and Pickard. He disobeys the lieutenant’s orders to lie still when the monster begins its attack, and his choice to run away in terror is what gets him killed. The story describes his electrocuted body in gruesome detail, emphasizing humankind’s frailty and powerlessness in the face of nature and death.

Unnamed Man Quotes in The Long Rain

The The Long Rain quotes below are all either spoken by Unnamed Man or refer to Unnamed Man. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Man vs. Nature Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of The Long Rain published in 1981.
The Long Rain Quotes

The two men sat together in the rain. Behind them sat two other men who were wet and tired and slumped like clay that was melting.

Related Characters: Lieutenant, Simmons, Pickard, Unnamed Man
Page Number: 78
Explanation and Analysis:

“Who could [sleep]? Who has? When? How many nights have we slept? Thirty nights, thirty days! Who can sleep with rain slamming their head, banging away… I’d give just anything for a hat. Anything at all, just so it wouldn’t hit my head any more.”

Related Characters: Lieutenant, Simmons, Pickard, Unnamed Man
Page Number: 80
Explanation and Analysis:

“Chinese water cure. Remember the old torture? Rope you against a wall. Drop one drop of water on your head every half hour. You go crazy waiting for the next one. Well, that’s Venus, but on a big scale. We’re not made for water. You can’t sleep, you can’t breathe right, and you’re crazy from just being soggy.”

Related Characters: Lieutenant, Simmons, Pickard, Unnamed Man
Page Number: 80
Explanation and Analysis:

A yellow house, round and bright as the sun. A house fifteen feet high by one hundred feet in diameter, in which was warmth and quiet and hot food and freedom from rain. And in the center of the Sun Dome, of course, was a sun. A small floating free globe of yellow fire, drifting in a space at the top of the building where you could look at it from where you sat, smoking or reading a book or drinking your hot chocolate crowned with marshmallow dollops. There it would be, the yellow sun, just the size of the Earth sun, and it was warm and continuous, and the rain world of Venus would be forgotten as long as they stayed in that house and idled their time.

Related Characters: Lieutenant, Simmons, Pickard, Unnamed Man
Related Symbols: Sun Dome
Page Number: 80-81
Explanation and Analysis:

They walked over to the body, thinking that perhaps they could still save the man’s life. They couldn’t believe that there wasn’t some way to help the man. It was the natural act of men who have not accepted death until they have touched it and turned it over and made plans to bury it or leave it there for the jungle to bury in an hour of quick growth.

Page Number: 84
Explanation and Analysis:
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Unnamed Man Character Timeline in The Long Rain

The timeline below shows where the character Unnamed Man appears in The Long Rain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Long Rain
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Overcome by terror, an unnamed man in the group jumps up, screaming, “No, no!” The lieutenant yells at him to get... (full context)
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...put until the monster departs. When the coast is clear, the shaken-up comrades locate the unnamed man , believing that they might be able to save his life. Although this is hopeless,... (full context)