Summary and Analysis: The October Country Skeleton””

Bradbury is a staunch believer in the kind of story that can be emotionally experienced, and “Skeleton” is precisely this kind of story. With quiet intensity, Bradbury leads his readers into this story about a man who realizes that he carries within himself the gothic symbol of death; then, he introduces us to an odd little doctor with a hollow tongue who gains sustenance from breadsticks and human bones, and a woman who shrieks with horror at hearing her name called by a gelatin-skinned jellyfish in her living room. In fact, the horror of this story is so skillfully passed on to the reader that he may never eat breadsticks with a quiet heart again.