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If I Forget Thee, O Earth . . .

What is the theme of "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..." by Arthur C Clarke?

One of the central themes in Arthur C. Clarke's classic science fiction short story "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" is individualism. It is a post-apocalyptic tale told from the unusual perspective of...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 7:29 pm UTC

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What is the setting, tone, moral/lesson, theme, and imagery in “If I Forget Thee, O Earth”?

The setting is the moon in a future era. A boy is traveling with his father from his underground home, visiting the surface of the moon and seeing the stars with his own eyes for the first time...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018 4:48 pm UTC

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What is the summary of "If I Forget Thee, O Earth?"   

Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth . . .” tells the post-apocalyptic story of ten-year-old Marvin and his father. When the story opens, the two are ascending higher and...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2017 11:18 pm UTC

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What is the author's meaning for the title of the story "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth?"

"If I Forget Thee Oh Earth..." is a story of the exile of the people of Earth from their home world. Author Arthur C. Clarke uses the title, which is from a verse in the Bible, to compare the exile...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2018 3:02 am UTC

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At the end of the story, what does Marvin realize?

Marvin realizes why his father has brought him “outside” “for the first time in his life.” After hours of driving in a scout car with balloon tires, they reach a place in their lunar outpost from...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2015 12:04 pm UTC

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How does the choice of this setting make the story more realistic in "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..."?

In this story the Earth has been contaminated with radioactivity in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust. For the story line to be plausible, some explanation of how the colony survived...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2010 4:20 pm UTC

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What is Armageddon an allusion to in "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth"?

Arthur C. Clarke's science-fiction short story "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" was published in the magazine Future Science Fiction in 1951, at a time of widespread concern about the proliferation of...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2020 9:44 pm UTC

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In 'If I Forget Thee, O Earth', what, according to Marvin's father, is necessary for the Colony to survive?

Marvin’s father explains to him properly for the first time about the devastation that overtook earth, leaving their little colony on the moon as the only survivors. It is far too dangerous, as...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2013 10:29 am UTC

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Who are the main characters of the story "If I Forget Thee, O Earth..." by Arthur C. Clarke?  

Clarke's story has two main characters: Marvin, a ten-year-old boy, and his father. Marvin is a sensitive boy who lives underground on the moon with other survivors of a nuclear holocaust that...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2019 3:37 pm UTC

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How could have the destruction on earth been prevented in "If I Forget Thee, O Earth" by Arthur C. Clarke?

This is an interesting question, since we cannot know precisely what cause the nuclear destruction in "If I Forget Thee, O Earth" by Arthur C. Clarke. This story is set in some future time in a...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2013 4:06 am UTC

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What is the message of the story "If I Forget Thee, O Earth . . ."?

The story shows the earth as uninhabitable. A nuclear war has led to the annihilation of life on the planet. Even from the moon, the earth can be seen “gleaming faintly with an evil...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2016 11:43 am UTC

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What is the story "If I Forget Thee, O Earth..." about?

The story "If I forget thee, O earth…" is about the grimmest and scariest consequence imaginable in the aftermath of a possible nuclear war on the earth. Published in 1951, the story reflects the...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2015 5:34 am UTC

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Why are the people of the colony unable to return to Earth in "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth"?

The people in the short story “If I Forget Thee, O Earth” are unable to return to the Earth because it has been devastated by a nuclear war. This is stated rather clearly in the story. This concern...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2015 2:46 pm UTC

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What are reader reactions to the story of "If I Forget Thee, O Earth" by Arthur C. Clarke?  

This 'very short story' is very powerful in both imagery and content. The absence of dialogue between Marvin and his father increases the sense of physical desolation and alienation. It also raises...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2009 10:01 pm UTC

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Why had Marvin never been outside before?

In “If I Forget Thee, O Earth,” we are never explicitly told why this is Marvin’s first time to go outside. All we are told is that he had never been “Outside” and that, when the airlock doors...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2015 5:04 pm UTC

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How did the Colony (in "If I Forget Thee, O Earth . . .") survive the nuclear holocaust on Earth?

"If I Forget Thee, O Earth . . ." by Robert Heinlein is a coming-of-age story in which a father in an isolated Moon colony takes his son to see the planet Earth, which has been ravaged by a nuclear...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2018 6:08 pm UTC

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What are important points and ideas of the short story "If I forget thee, oh Earth"?

The story is set on a lunar colony after a nuclear Armageddon on earth. The simple point of the story is a warning of impending doom if the world doesn't get a handle on the proliferation of...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2015 11:33 pm UTC

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Does the author present a convincing argument for an optimistic view of the future? Explain.

I do not really think the author is even trying to present an optimistic view of the future, at least not completely. I guess he is optimistic in that he thinks our problems can be solved, but he...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2010 11:35 am UTC

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How does life on the moon for Marvin compare to the life his ancestors had on Earth?

Ten-year-old Marvin is going outside, to the surface of the moon, for the first time ever—a stark contrast to his ancestors on earth, who went outside all the time. This, too, is the first time he...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019 7:11 pm UTC

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Describe the father's vehicle at the beginning of the story "If I Forget Thee, O Earth . . ."

The science-fiction short story "If I Forget Thee, O Earth . . ." by Arthur C. Clarke takes place on the moon. It tells of a father who takes his son on a coming-of-age journey to observe the...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019 7:09 pm UTC

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Is this work a short story or novel?

This piece is a short story. It was first published in Futuremagazine in 1951, as did many of Clark's early works. It was later published in a book of collected works by Clark in 1953 where it...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2007 6:44 pm UTC

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