Stranger in a Strange Land | Study Guide

Robert A. Heinlein

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Valentine Michael Smith, Part 3, Chapter 29 ’ve found out why people laugh ... because it’s the only thing that’ll make it stop hurting. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, New York Times, Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century by William H. Patterson Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Culture & Morality Culture shapes people’s beliefs about right and wrong. Humanity What makes us human sometimes hurts or heals others. Language Language shapes people’s perceptions and views of the world. Themes Joyful, devout, tattooed snake charmer; meets Smith while working at a carnival Patricia Paiwonski Nurse turned high priestess of the Church of All Worlds; devoted to Smith Gillian Boardman Opinionated, open-minded father figure; influences Smith to start the Church of All Worlds Jubal Harshaw Prophetic Martian-raised human; has powers of telekinesis, telepathy, and shapeshifting Valentine Michael Smith Main Characters Heinlein’s premise—a man raised by Martians, with no inkling of human vices and virtues—gave him ample opportunity to critique the cultural norms of his childhood home, Kansas City. With Stranger in a Strange Land, his most famous novel, Heinlein became a favorite author of the 1960s hippie generation. ROBERT A. HEINLEIN1907–88 Author Smith starts his own religion and is stoned to death, becoming a martyr. Parts 4 & 5 Smith learns about humanity from friends and in carnivals, casinos, and churches. Parts 2 & 3 Valentine Michael Smith returns to Earth with amazing and unsettling abilities. Part 1 Human orphan Valentine Michael Smith was raised by Martians and has remarkable powers. After returning to Earth, he learns what it means to be human. As he struggles to understand human ideas of money, religion, sex, and suffering, Smith realizes he has the remedy for all human ills. Raised by Martians, Learning to Be Human OVERVIEW English Original Language 1961 Year Published Robert A. Heinlein Author Stranger in a Strange Land Science Fiction Novel

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