This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Ray Bradbury's Cold War Novels: Annotated Bibliography

1474 words - 6 pages

Cold War Novels by Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury wrote two very distinctly different novels in the early Cold War era. The first was The Martian Chronicles (1950) and Fahrenheit 451 (1953) followed. The thematic similarities of Mars coupled with the state of the American mindset during the Cold War era entwine the two novels on the surface. Moreover, Bradbury was “preventing futures” as he stated in an interview with David Mogen in 1980. A dystopian society was a main theme in both books as well, but done in a juxtapositions manner that makes the reader aware of Bradbury’s optimism in the stories. A society completely frightened by a nuclear bomb for example will inevitably become civil to one another. Bradbury used his life to formulate his writing, from his views of people, to the books he read and this has been identified by critics such as: Paradowski, Buchenberger, Hoskinson et al. Bradbury used science fantasy to critique humans themselves and the frontiersmen attitude of destroying the very beauty they find by civilizing it. This annotated bibliography explores Hoskinson’s essay as a cynosure, showing the similarities of the novels’ themes and how they lead to the, “There Will Come Soft Rains” autonomous house and its final moments as it is taken over by fire.  

Buchenberger, Stefan. "The Martian Chronicles." Masterplots, Fourth Edition. Ed. Laurence W. Mazzeno, 4th ed. Salem Press, 2010. Salem Literature Web. 16 Nov. 2013.
Stefan Buchenberger starts his essay with a breakdown of The Martian Chronicles. He starts with “Rocket Summer” and how the rocket takes them from a cold winter to a warm summer like warmth. He ends his summary at “The Million-Year Picnic” which shows a family escaping the nuclear war on earth and the new life they will start on Mars. Buchenberger then carries over to the critical evaluation of the novel. He mentions the 1977-revised edition to the novel, which adds two new stories and deletes one story. The dates of all the stories are moved forward by 31 years to keep the stories “in the future.” Buchenberger discusses that the 26 stories are considered a novel due to thematic unity and composite chronicle style; however, Bradbury uses different subgenres, including parody, mystery, horror, adventure, and dystopian fiction. Race, gender, and colonialism are themes set against a poetic Martian Scene. Bradbury is described as having more of a sense of fantasy to his work relying on human characters and a sense of magic. It is pointed out that the book Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life(1919) by Sherwood Anderson was a major influence for Bradbury, as well as, Grapes of Wrath(1939) by John Steinbeck and most notably the John Carter of Mars series(1912-43) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The essay ends reflecting the colonization of Mars to the colonization of the United States.

Hoskinson, Kevin. "The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451: Ray Bradbury's Cold War Novels." Extrapolation 36.4 (Winter 1995):...

Find Another Essay On Ray Bradbury's Cold War Novels: Annotated Bibliography

Fahrenheit 451: Religious Freedom due to the Extremity of Communism

1179 words - 5 pages In his novel, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury entices and allows readers to interpret the deeper meaning of the text, which lies far beyond the characters and the setting of the dystopia. Throughout the 50’s and 60’s, many people were deprived of religious freedom due to the extremity of communism. USSR, during the Cold War, required countries to be communists limiting them from their necessary freedoms. Within each of the multiple tragedies in

Government and Society in Fahrenheit 451by Ray Bradbury

2262 words - 9 pages The United States was in a dark and gloomy time after World War I and II. The culture in America had changed dramatically and became less intellectual and more technological. During these times, Americans realized that they too could be attacked by enemy nation states and they began to live in fear. The United State became engulfed in television screens due to the fear that was stricken into them through war times. In Ray Bradbury’s intriguing

Technological Takeover in The Veldt

1678 words - 7 pages vital at his disposal, including a car and computer. In "The Veldt," Ray Bradbury portrays his message through the use of multiple devices. The story takes place in an ideal home equipped with technology to take care of chores, eliminating the need for parents. Inside lies a nursery, a room that created a virtual reality, that would eventually lead to the destruction of the family. The series of events occurs during the Cold War, a time where

Ray Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine"

1787 words - 7 pages and it seems to have a lesser thrall over him because of his fantasy. While death does not necessarily seem wonderful to Douglas, he notes it along with everything else in his fantastical summer, and Ray Bradbury expertly gives the same sense of wonderment to death as he gives to life. (Bradford 69)The ravine that divides the center of town in Dandelion Wine, bringer of death and home of the Unseen One, is also Bradbury's metaphorical Hell in

Censoring the Pages of Knowledge

1701 words - 7 pages as the Bible, Aesop's Fables, and sometimes even the trashy romance novels that women tend to love. Without books, the world could be explained in one word, educated. An uneducated world is a miserable world full of fighting and conflict. An uneducated world is a world at constant war. A world with out books is a dystopian world. Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, 1953.

Technology Ignited on Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradury

1374 words - 5 pages the time of publishing in nine-teen fifty-three, and yet most of his imaginary, almost foolish inventions are becoming if not already a part of our reality today.At the time of Fahrenheit 451's publishing America seemed like a very foreign world compared to the country today. The Cold War ending was only rebuked by President Truman leading the U.S. into the Korean War. The threat of nuclear bombing was almost becoming a status quo being pushed

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: Abolish Censorship

1616 words - 7 pages During the 1950s, America was facing the competitions with Soviet Union. Cold War, fear of atomic warfare, and communism influences intensified the society’s instability. What’s more, many social problems attracted people’s focus: many writers “concerns about censorship and conformity during a period when free expression of ideas could lead to social and economic ostracization” (Telgen 138). Many essays and novels reflected this social

Analysis of Fahrenheit 451

582 words - 2 pages Write an analysis of Fahrenheit 451Novels portray issues that the readers can relate to. Some novels bring in themes that we are invited to explore so we understand our world better.Bradbury is a writer who writes futuristic issues that can be related to reality. The issues he examines may not be happening at the time and may not seem real. However, his texts are warnings to society. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is about a world that is not

A Critical Analyis of Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains"

755 words - 3 pages What would the world be like if mankind disappeared? This is the theme of Ray Bradbury's story "There Will Come Soft Rains". All of the characters in the story are machines, which through personification take the place of human characters. The theme of man's destruction reverberates throughout the story. Bradbury uses personification to describe the mechanical creations of man that eventually lead to the story's theme of the destruction of

A Critical Analyis of Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains"

755 words - 3 pages What would the world be like if mankind disappeared? This is the theme of Ray Bradbury's story "There Will Come Soft Rains". All of the characters in the story are machines, which through personification take the place of human characters. The theme of man's destruction reverberates throughout the story. Bradbury uses personification to describe the mechanical creations of man that eventually lead to the story's theme of the destruction of

All in a State of Mind

677 words - 3 pages hand, but death and depression are settings that every character faces. Through the events shown in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 the setting is concluded to be depressing due to the past, day-to-day life, and a careless society.The past is something hidden to Fahrenheit 451's society, leaving characters to establish a mental setting of the world around them. Character Captain Beatty explains to Guy Montag, very cautiously and in an undetailed

Similar Essays

Fahrenheit 451 And The Martian Chronicles: Warnings Of What Not To Do In Ray Bradbury's Novels

935 words - 4 pages came to mars is because he was fleeing from the war back home. But soon when the war got to an extent he went back to earth. But few people stayed back, and then they became Martians. That basically shows what had happened in the past. Ray Bradbury was a person that truly changed the meaning of short story and fantasy. For over forty years, he has been writing novels, short stories, poems, plays, and movie scripts that have always kept him at the top of American literature.

Ray Bradbury's Genius Essay

1745 words - 7 pages Ray Bradbury's Genius Rocket. That must have been Ray Bradbury's first word. The word "rocket" is the basis for any and all science fiction novels. Without such a diverse tool, science fiction would not be half as popular as it is today. Mr. Bradbury isn't the greatest sci-fi writer of all time, but he is most assuredly one of the top 20, (at least I think so). Born Ray Douglas Bradbury on August 22, 1920 in a little town known as

Parallels In Dystopian Literature Essay

3397 words - 14 pages Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 and George Orwell's 1984 are two novels with many striking parallels. They were written at nearly the same time, and because of their historical context, or perhaps the influence of Orwell upon Bradbury, had a very similar theme: the threat imposed on the individual by the state. Bradbury's work attacked censorship as a threat to our culture, but this one facet of the world he created, he delivered an equally

Ray Bradbury, A Lifetime Of Wonder And Imagination

2651 words - 11 pages developed his ownstyle and process for writing. Lastly, his major works represent the feelings of Americansduring the era in which he wrote. The Martian Chronicles, his first well known novel, andstill one of his best known novels, is a great example of this because it relates to thereaders emotions about atomic warfare during the World War II era.Ray Bradbury's early life in Illinois and Arizona influenced his first writing. Thereare many examples