Summary and Analysis: The October Country The Crowd””

Another of Bradbury’s “dark” stories about humanity, “The Crowd” has as its focal point the psychological truth that all people are attracted to and even thrive upon the pain and the problems of their fellow humans. Perhaps this story was triggered when Bradbury was writing Something Wicked This Way Comes because in that novel Charles Halloway echoes the same dark truth when he says that “man salts his life with others’ sorrows.” “The Crowd” ends on a tragic note as Spallner himself becomes a member of the crowd. This depicts an undeniable truth that within us there is an overwhelming power which is always enticing us to join forces with evil.