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The Martian Chronicles Essay

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The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury, is a science-fiction book and was written in 1946. This major work by Bradbury is a collection of short stories relating to Mars or Martians. Bradbury had a clear vision of the Mars in which these stories are set. His vision was one of a fantasy world from the Martians point of view. In this work, the humans from Earth are the aliens from outer space. Bradbury has won many awards including the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Aviation-Space Writers Association Award, the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement, and the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. Bradbury supported his awards
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In his ninth story, 'The Locusts';, Ray Bradbury uses similies to envoke a response from the reader. He makes the many rockets that are landing on Mars to be just like locusts, swarming over a concentrated area and destroying it. 'And from the rockets ran men with hammers in their hands to beat the strange world into a shape that was familiar to the eye, to bludgeon away all the strangeness, their mouths fringed with nails so they resembled steel-toothed carnivores, spitting them into their swift hands as they hammered up frame cottages and scuttled over roofs with shingles to blot out the eerie stars, and fit green shades to pull against the night.'; The reader sees from the similies that the rockets were overwhelming to the Martians and they were only pests, they did not help.
Another theme Bradbury uses to gain the reader's attention is time travel. In his tenth story in The Martian Chronicles, 'Night Meeting';, Bradbury uses time travel to convey more of his ideas of Mars. 'There was a smell of Time in the air tonight. He smiled and turned the fancy in his mind. There was a thought. What did Time smell like? Like dust and clocks and people?'; Bradbury uses all of man's senses to express his feelings of what exactly Time is. By doing so, the reader has a clearer understanding of Bradbury's point of view. 'He
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