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The Martian Chronicles

Even though the book is a collection of short stories, they are tied together with a central theme of character vs. society and character vs. technology. The main conflict in the collection of...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2012 2:32 am UTC

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The Martian Chronicles

"The Million-Year Picnic" is the last story in The Martian Chronicles, detailing how a family steals a rocket from the government and flees the nuclear wars on Earth to settle on Mars. Throughout...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2012 6:37 pm UTC

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Solitude is the central theme of "The Silent Towns," particularly the difference between solitude and loneliness. When Walter Gripp, a poor miner, wakes up one morning to discover all the settlers...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2018 10:59 am UTC

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One of the characteristics of good science fiction writing is the ability to talk about our world in a world that doesn't look much like it. For example, most dystopian movies today, while science...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016 6:29 pm UTC

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The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles focuses on themes of technology, isolation, and self-destruction. Many of the stories offer a critique on the role of technology in human lives, like "There Will...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2012 2:37 pm UTC

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The answer depends on which of the stories within The Martian Chronicles you're reading. At the beginning of the story, the Martian ways of life (there seem to be several) are vibrant ("The Earth...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2016 3:23 am UTC

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The conflict in this chapter has to do with Harry's mistrust of Mars and his fear of of his family changing somehow from Earthlings into Martians. This fear becomes acute when word reaches Mars of...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019 11:45 am UTC

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I assume that you are talking about Arthur Costa's levels of questioning, as discussed in works like Developing Minds: A Resource Book for Teaching Thinking (see third link below). According to...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2016 7:05 pm UTC

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In the story "April 2026: The Long Years," Hathaway builds four robots to represent his wife, son, and daughters after their deaths. With his family buried in a Martian graveyard after an unknown...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2015 3:51 pm UTC

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In Ray Bradbury's short sci-fi story "The Million Year Picnic" a mom, dad, and three boys pile aboard a rocket ship headed for the planet Mars. There, the family plan to go fishing on the red...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 12:12 pm UTC

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In the chapter :March 2000 "The Taxpayer" a man walks to the rocket field and begins to yell through the fence that he wants to go to Mars. He keeps saying he is a taxpayer, he is from...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2008 11:20 am UTC

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There are two different stories by Ray Bradbury called "The Naming of Names." The one that appears in The Martian Chronicles is a continuity chapter with no characters at all. It describes how...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2020 3:15 am UTC

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Much of "The Silent Towns" deals with the theme of isolation and loneliness, but also weighs the merits of good companionship as Walter Gripp encounters Genevieve Selsor. Although both Genevieve...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2012 7:49 pm UTC

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Bradbury'sThe Martian Chroniclesoffers an interesting contrast between the supposed advancement of the human race through technology and the reality of humanity's self-destruction. In many...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2012 2:19 pm UTC

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Question been edited to a single question (per eNotes policy). Characters whose actions benefit Mars: The Martians in the story "The Third Expedition" create a familiar landscape in order to lull...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2013 9:46 pm UTC

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Walter Gripp is the protagonist of the short story The Silent Towns. This is part of Bradbury's collected work The Martian Chronicles. Gripp's story takes place in the later years covered by...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2014 10:44 pm UTC

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In "The Naming of Names," Bradbury writes of how people from the four expeditions to Mars had named areas and things after the familiar earth names. This story is one of several connected stories...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2009 8:52 am UTC

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