I See You Never

This study guide will help you analyze the text “I See You Never” by Ray Bradbury. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message, and we will help you put the text into perspective.

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Title: “I See You Never”
Author: Ray Bradbury
Published in: The New Yorker
Date of Publication: 1947
Genre: Short Story

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) was an American author who gained fame because of his novels and stories in the science-fiction, fantasy or horror genres. His most notable literary works are the novels “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles”.


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The title of the short story, "I See You Never" by Ray Bradbury, immediately strikes because of its incorrect grammatical form, which should have been “I will never see you (again)”. This indicates that the person uttering these words is most likely not a native English speaker. At the same time, the title functions as a foreshadowing element, as Mr. Ramirez and Mrs. O’Brien will never see each other again after the man’s deportation. The title is also a direct reference to the words uttered by Mr. Ramirez on the verge of leaving, and they express his regret that everything he has accomplished in a new country – including meeting Mrs. O’Brien, a kind landlady – will remain in his life solely as memories.

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