The Martian Chronicles Essay

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The book of Bradbury's creation that I read was the Martian Chronicles. Initially, I was intrigued by Ray Bradbury's implementation of elaborately descriptive settings. Each chronicle takes place during a different month and year, arranged in chronological order, from January 1999 to October 2026. Since the story spans over a long period of time, there are several locations in which the events occur. The major settings of the story include: Ohio, a small town next to the rocket launch pad, a large desert on Mars, with canals, that is a harbor to the "dead cities," a town on Mars which is the home of Yll and Ylla , the Martian landing site next to one of the canals, a Martian insane asylum, a town, that seems almost dreamlike in a sense, because it is the memories of the flight crew projected onto the Martian landscape, a luggage shop, and a city surrounded by rural farm area, that has only one house left standing. These settings are used as a device to move the novel along from each individual story to the next. I think that this was a very interesting concept, because there are no main characters in the book.However, there are main characters within each chronicle. Ylla is the first Martian introduced in the book; she is friendly, kind, and has an outgoing personality. James Stupple indicated in his book The Past, The Future, and Ray Bradbury that Ylla seems to lack love for her husband Yll. I agree with his opinion since, she has dreams of Captain York constantly.This triggers Yll to become jealous and destroy the Earth rocket.Coincidentally, similar things happen in all Societies on different levels. For Example: In America, adultery is constantly in the news. Our own President is a repeat offender. What would possess some one to disobey the norms and values upon which our society is based, in such a disgusting and appalling way? Personally, I think that the idea of the chaos theory plays a role here, hence nothing can be perfect and all people feel the urge to self-destruct through misdemeanor. It seems almost that Bradbury drew Ylla's internal conflict from that theory. Captain Black was one of the leaders of the Earth crew. He was old, experienced, and had many years of wisdom to recall upon when needed. Captain Black has the uncanny ability to rethink problems over and over again until he finds the answer. I see myself to be similar to him in that sense. I am not able to let predicaments be, I must take as much time as needed to find a resolution to the problem at hand.Edward Black is the Martian who is responsible for keeping Captain Black deceived about the "dream town." Edward is extremely intelligent and able to read minds. He incorporated the Captain's memories into a town on the Martian landscape. I believe that the preceding example supports the commentary made by Kingsley Amis, in his book New Maps of Hell. Amis stated that one of the prevalent themes in Bradbury's works, was that "Though the past, or stasis, or both is enticing,...

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