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"The Martian Chronicles" By Ray Bradbury

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'Your's will be mine soon'Al Bundy faced the problem of finding out who's land was who'swhen his neighbor and him got into an argument over an apple tree. Hecalled in a surveyor and they found out the tree belonged to Marcy, hisneighbor, and Al became jealous. Al and his family then electricuted Marcy.Marcy retaliated when she found out that she owned Al's driveway. Afterthat, Al was forced to pay a 5,000 dollar fee to drive in his driveway. Just asdesolation arose from the greed for land between Marcy and Al, the same hashappened with man throughout history. In the book, The MartianChronicles, this theme is portrayed with a passion. Man's lust withimperialism leads to destruction.Man's greed for land causes desolation. In the begginning, a firstexpedition is sent to Mars to try to colonize it. This plan is cut short when aMartian, who has telepathic abilities, senses the men coming. When themen land, they meet a martian with a gun and so ends the first expedition.Next, another group is sent to try to gain land on Mars. These men land andgo knocking from one door to the next saying that they were from Earth.Each martian tells them to go to another person. Finally, the men come to ahouse where a man gives them a key and says they 'will be taken care of' inthe next room. They enter only to find that they are locked within an insaneasylum. They are taken next to the ship and then killed. In the thirdexpedition, the group lands and at first think they are on Earth but traveledback in time to the year 1920. The captain and one of his men tell his men tostay on ship while they go and survey the land. However, when they cameback they saw their men talking and associating with many of theirdead family members. Each of the crew men go to the house with theirfamily members. At the end of the night, the captain finally realizes whatwas going on. The Martians were giving them illusions of their families butit was too late...the entire crew was dead. Last comes the fourth expeditionto Mars where they land near a Martian ruin. One of the men searchesthrough the city and start to...

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