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make the setting and the characters alien and strange, here we can identify somespecific "exotic" touches.The Summer Night.This tale is linking similar in themeto “Ylla”.She Walks in Beauty
- 2 7 -was written by Lord Byron in 1815 as a deliberate contrast to the traditionpraising only "fair" that is, blonde, light-skinned women as beautiful. HereBradbury highlighted the beauty of the Martian woman Ylla who absolutelydoes not fit this description of stereotyped beautiful woman on the Earth. Sheis dark-skinned and golden-eyed, but every step she took is described as thegoddess walk. The author breaks the stereotype, amazingly plays on thecontrasts between two different nations, if second could possibly exist. On theother hand the problems which were discussed in this part of the novel are stillsimilar to ours. The Earth people are able to love, to hate, to betray, to feelsorry then... This sad story could be a nice metaphor to our own real life. Thethird story is about us, normal people which is namedThe Earth Men.In thissection Bradbury works against the standard expectations of a “first contact”story, belief in telepathy which is direct mind-to-mind communication ofthoughts has little or no scientific basis, but it is a staple of science fictionbecause it makes possible interesting plots and because it solves the knottyproblem of how alien races can communicate with each other. The mainproblem here is the skeptical attitude, cold mind and chilly reception of theMartians; that prevents the Martians from realizing that the men were reallyfrom Earth. In the previous stories the Martians had no problem in perceivingthat the thoughts invading their minds were alien; in this case aliens viewedthe earth men as manifestations of their own minds because they looked ill andwere afraid to catch any harmful mental disease. The Martians inThe EarthMenseem to have acted out of confusion rather than malice.InThe Third ExpeditionBradbury nostalgically evokes his early 20th- centuryMidwestern small-town upbringing in many stories, notably those collected inDandelion Wine.Yet for all its sentimental appeal, he also repeatedly uses thesetting for the evocation of nightmares. Here he
- 2 8 -portrays America which by 1950 was already vanishing and would be quiteunlike the background familiar to any probable astronaut young enough to besent to Mars in the year 2000. Because we are reading this story long after itwas written, this incongruity strikes us more forcefully than it would havestruck those who first read it, for they shared Bradbury's nostalgic memory.The music mentioned was popular during the first two decades of that century.When this story was first published, it was titled "Mars is Heaven." Incomparison to these Martians we can see an obvious distinction, inThe EarthMenpeople were just indifferent to the earth people, however, in this situationpeople looked cheerful and nice “relatives” at first until the period when earth

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