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The Martian Chronicles By Ray Bradbury

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During the twentieth century American faced the industrial age. Many new inventions came in the making such as the atomic bomb and satellites. America was also faced with the space age and the Cold war, along with racial tensions and religious intolerances. All these events leading up to 1950, inspired Ray Bradbury to write The Martian Chronicles, where Bradbury combined the power struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union with the new rocket technology and space exploration, and created for the readers, the possible outcomes as technology took over the lives of humans. In The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury first started with how the people on Mars lived peacefully with their environment, and allowed technology to better their lives, but not control their lives. Then in the middle section of the short stories collections, Bradbury described Earthman destructive disregard for harmony between nature and technology, which ends up destroying the Earth, and finally he showed that in order for the Earthman the survive they must accept or adopt the Martian philosophy, which is to live harmoniously with nature. In The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury showed the importance of a successful Martian civilization, who has learned to combine nature with technology and the destructive forces of Earthmen.

In “Ylla”, through the Martian couple Mr. and Mrs. K’s house, it portrayed the balance of nature and science. The house of the K’s was described as a serene environment by an empty sea with fruits that grew on the walls. The house was specifically designed to fit the climate of Mars, since it “turned and followed the sun, flower- like” throughout the day, but to withstand the cold nights it “closed itself in, like a giant flower, with the passing of light” (Bradbury 5). This showed that the Martians created technology to adapt to nature since the Sun on Mars would have been farther away than if humans were living on Earth, and therefore in order to recieve as much sunlight as possible, the house moved with the Sun naturally. Another great invention the Martians had in order to adapt to their environment, was to conserve their limited water supply since Mars was quite dry. A “gentle rain sprang from the fluted pillar tops, cooling the scorched air, falling gently on [Ylla]. On hot days it was like walking in a creek. The floors of the house flittered with cool streams” (Bradbury 2-3). Although the Martian technology seemed quite advance, they had not allowed it to take over their lives. Compared to the people on Mars, technology dominated every aspect of Earthmen lives, from having to check messages while going to the bathroom to not being able to sleep without your phone (Feature). The Martians had become so advance in their technological development that instead of polluting Mars with waste, and paper product, they create books from durable metal. The people on Mars, whose ancestors originated from Earth, had realized their mistakes of...

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