The Martian Chronicles | Study Guide

Ray Bradbury

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the-martian-chronicles-ray-bradbury_v4Spender, “June 2001: —and the Moon Be Still as Bright”e Earth Men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things.Science & TechnologyBradbury felt hope and anxiety about the technological advances he witnessed in his lifetime. Cold War FearsAmericans feared nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. ColonizationFrom the 15th to the early 20th century, European colonization transformed much of the world, often for the worse. ContextThemesConformity vs. IndividualismThe protagonists chart their own courses instead of following the status quo.Destructive Nature of HumanityBradburys human antagonists shatter Martian buildings and desecrate Martian bones.Memory & NostalgiaThe Martians use illusions of humansloved ones against them.The Martian Chroniclesby the NumbersThe “far future” date Bradbury chose to start his story 1999Years a 1997 edition advanced the dates in the novel31Stories in The Martian Chronicles not previously published in magazines11Amount Doubleday paid to publish The Martian Chronicles $750Sources: New York Times, The Paris Review, World Heritage Encyclopedia Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Originally classified as a science fiction writer, Bradbury experienced his first mainstream success with The Martian Chronicles, which he wrote during the post-WWII and early Cold War era. Bradbury poignantly captures the hopes and anxieties of the time period, during which both space exploration and nuclear holocaust seemed possible.RAY BRADBURY1920–2012AuthorHumans set out to explore Mars.1Martians use their telepathic powers to dispose of the first three human expeditions. 2The fourth expedition arrives to find the Martians wiped out by chicken pox.3Settlers arrive and build towns just like back on Earth. 4Earth explodes in nuclear war, and settlers abandon Mars. 5With both humans and Martians nearly extinct, members of a human family come to Mars to restart civilization and become Martians. 6A future history told in sequential vignettes, The Martian Chronicles details humanitys quest to conquer another planet while destroying its own. The novel is Bradburys stark warning against the dangers of conformity and complacency, as well as a metaphor for the rise and fall of civilizations.The Conquest of MarsOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1950Year PublishedRay BradburyAuthorThe Martian ChroniclesScience FictionNovel

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