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The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury

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The Martian Chronicles | February 2002: The Locusts | Summary



New settlers from Earth swarm onto Mars and build houses and towns like the ones back home so the new planet does not feel so strange. First the carpenters build, and then the women decorate. And still more people are expected to arrive.


The second wave of settlers comes like locusts—90,000 people descending upon Mars and making it bend to their idea of what Mars should be.

Since the bulk of the Martian people has been wiped out, humans act as if they have a divine right to do what they want on this new planet, but the language Bradbury uses to describe their "invasion" shows he disagrees with this notion. He chooses words like beat and bludgeon and says they resembled "steel-toothed carnivores," which are the most flattering descriptions. When the women bring in their "flowerpots and chintz," they are bringing their nostalgia. They do not want to adapt to Mars, they want Mars to adapt to them.

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