Art History in “The Smile” by Ray Bradbury

The adaptation, though temporarily unavailable, has a link.

Click here for the story’s summary

I had two observations while listening to the radio adaptation on BBC iPlayer. First of all, it builds up to a climax in the same vein as Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery.
Lastly, the reveal (and destruction) of the object reminded me of the opening scene from Equilibrium.  I haven’t watched it in years, but I remember the anti-emotion police coming down hard on art.

Did anyone else make the connection?

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