The Martian Chronicles | Study Guide

Ray Bradbury

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In addition to flying in settlers, the rockets also fly in supplies such as lumber so people can build churches and other institutions they are familiar with. And on Sunday nights people sing hymns, just like they always did back in Iowa.

Analysis

Instead of embracing the way things are different on Mars like Pop and Gomez do in "August 2002: Night Meeting," the mass of settlers want things exactly the same as they were back home, down to singing the exact hymns. Bradbury places this interlude directly after "October 2002: The Shore" to emphasize a rigid and wholly American mentality is taking root on Mars.

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