Literature Study GuidesThe Martian ChroniclesNovember 2005 The Watchers Summary

The Martian Chronicles | Study Guide

Ray Bradbury

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic


Course Hero. "The Martian Chronicles Study Guide." Course Hero. 20 July 2017. Web. 2 June 2020. <>.

In text

(Course Hero)



Course Hero. (2017, July 20). The Martian Chronicles Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved June 2, 2020, from

In text

(Course Hero, 2017)



Course Hero. "The Martian Chronicles Study Guide." July 20, 2017. Accessed June 2, 2020.


Course Hero, "The Martian Chronicles Study Guide," July 20, 2017, accessed June 2, 2020,

The Martian Chronicles | November 2005: The Watchers | Summary



Those human settlers who are still around on Mars watch the sky as Earth lights up in fire. They receive the incoming messages of death and destruction and pleas for them to come home. The luggage-store proprietor sells out his stock of luggage.


It may be hard for the reader to fathom why settlers would return to a mostly destroyed planet, but they do. Bradbury sets up a possible motivation in "November 2005: The Luggage Store," and he alludes to it again here by the presence of the luggage-store proprietor, one of the few characters to appear in two stories. Basically, when the situation gets dire, humans feel compelled to go "home," and Mars is not their home, despite their best efforts to remake the planet according to their nostalgia of Earth.

Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about The Martian Chronicles? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors