Plot[ edit ] The story concerns a nation that constructs a deadly amusement park to remedy its overpopulation problems. In charge of this operation is the Populace Control. People who win a ticket are sent to the carnival on a bus; cars would become a problem as many visitors do not return. Passengers who die are placed in black plastic bags and thrown into a mass burial pit. It is revealed that Jerry is obnoxious and has a sense of invulnerability knowing that the possibility of living that day was one in eight. The story ends as the protagonist is being thrown off a ride called the "Whirl-Away" to his death and the body is caught in one of the black bags.
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Summary: The story is about a boy named jerry who won a ticket to go to the carnival from school. Jerry was super excited. The carnival was sponsored by the government agency "Populace Control" actually a clever way to handle a population problem that began in the 21st century over populating the planet.
Although the rides were fun you had a high risk of being killed. Unfortunately hes hopes of being cool cam to and end when we was launched out from a ride called the Whirl-Away and came crashing down on the hard pavement and ceased to exist. Theme: The theme in the short story is, never gamble your life because the odds are never in your favor. I believe this is a major theme in the story is because it what the population is doing when they go to the carnival. They gamble their life for second of excitement which is a terrible payoff.
Characters: Jerry- a 16 year old boy who is eager to get on some rides and gamble his life. Woman on the bus- This woman is really depressed,doesnt take care of herself and wants to go to the carnival to commit suicide.
Carnival worker- works at the carnival on the Thunder Clapper ride and tells Jerry what his odds of surviving today are. Setting: The way I picture the short story is in an old fashioned carnival with creepy clowns and dim to no lighting due to old light bulbs that are broken or hardly working with faded paint on all the rides.
The Carnival (short story)