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The Martian Chronicles | Study Guide

Ray Bradbury

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Summary

The last wave of people to come to Mars comprises the elderly. Instead of going to California or to Italy in search of a new experience, they go to Mars. Those who came before them have made their arrival more comfortable.

Analysis

Bradbury describes the latest arrivals as the "dry and crackling people," the "dried-apricot people," and the "mummy people." As the second act of the narrative begins to wind down, Bradbury's descriptors for humans mimic those of the dead Martians in "April 2003: The Musicians" who were like dry autumn leaves, signaling humans' dominance of Mars is coming to an end.

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