Analysis of the Point of View in Ray Bradbury's "August 2002: Night Meeting"

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In Ray Bradbury’s “August 2002: Night Meeting”, two beings have a random encounter that leads them to dispute the existence and reality of the other. Tomás Gomez is an Earthling living on Mars on his way to a party. While taking a break from driving, Tomás encounters a Martian named Muhe Ca. The two are unable to communicate until Muhe Ca learns English by touching Tomás’ head. When Tomás tries to hand Muhe Ca a cup of coffee, their hands fall through each other “like mist”, and the other person appears translucent like a phantom. The two eventually realize they are living in separate dimensions of time. They attempt to prove their existence to one another, but one cannot see what the other sees in his respective time frame on Mars.…show more content…
They both touche parts of their body to reassure themselves they are alive. While entirely different beings living in different dimensions of time, in some ways the two are similar—when their hands fall through each other, Tomás exclaims “Jesus Christ!”, while Muhe Ca says “Name of the Gods!” Both are eager to prove to the other how real their existence is but they are equally dismissive of the other’s reality. Each is very certain his world is the present and the truth. Even though they are arguing, they do so in a polite manner. No rude remarks or insults are made. It is not unlike a conversation between two friendly strangers at a bar. Tomás is quite courteous to the Martian, as shown by his offering of coffee. Tomás is a young man interested in typical young men things like partying and girls. He talks about drinking whisky, barn dances, and about the rockets bringing in their wives and girlfriends. His laughs and smiles show he is good-natured. Muhe Ca is likely a very similar alien age to Tomás. He speaks about floating on the waters all night long drinking, singing, and making love at the festival. We know he is a male by the way he compares beautiful boats to slim women and his overall demeanor. Muhe Ca shows his philosophical side with this statement: “What does it matter who is Past or Future, if we are both alive, for what follows will follow, tomorrow or in ten thousand years.” He has a sense of humor, as

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