Perhaps We Are Going Away by Ray Bradbury

839 WordsJan 30, 20183 Pages
Ray Bradbury’s distaste for emerging technologies and government and social censorship, especially into artistic ventures, during the cold war was manifested in his work. After the Second World War the United States’ government began to defend against communism through the alienation of high profile potential communists, which deeply disturbed Bradbury, whom from early on in his life, especially during his time in Hollywood, had developed a love for the world of the arts and entertainment and was slow to adopt socio- technological revolutions. Bradbury grew up in Hollywood where he developed a love for the arts, his first job being a writer for a comedy show. While the United States and its artists were being submitted to McCarthyism, Bradbury believed the intrusion was too much. David Cochran, writer of “America noir: underground writers and filmmakers of the postwar”, describe how, through his work, Bradbury pointed his finger at previous atrocities perpetrated by the American public and Government, “Bradbury's works form a sustained critique of American imperialism, both historical and contemporary. In "Perhaps We Are Going Away" (1964), two Indians, an elderly man and a boy, sense something in the air telling them their world has suddenly changed forever. They go looking for the cause of this feeling and find it in a lonely-looking encampment of white men along the seashore, the first Europeans they have ever seen. And in The Martian Chronicles, a Cherokee astronaut
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