Summary and Analysis: The October Country The Wind””

“The Wind” is another of Bradbury’s emotionally experienced horror stories which utilizes the everyday things familiar to all of us. Here he personifies the commonplace wind and gives it a sinister quality. He depicts it as a kind of monster who tracks its victims to the ends of the earth and sucks away their lives.

Of note here is Allin, the protagonist in the story, who serves as little more than a symbol. He is a representative of people who sometimes find themselves alone and misunderstood even in the presence of friends. Although Bradbury readily admits that this theme of loneliness was not consciously planted in this story, he nevertheless confesses that, unconsciously, a majority of the stories presented in The October Country, and in many of his later works as well, center around such lonely people as Allin.