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FREE PLOT SUMMARY / SYNOPSIS: THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES
Pritchard, who wishes to go to Mars to avoid atomic war on Earth.
The American government, who ignores him.
His demand to join the third expedition falls on deaf ears.
He remains on Earth.
Escape from a horrible situation and a false sense of entitlement. The
phrase "I'm a taxpayer" is often used to protest perceived poor
treatment at the hands of the government.
Pritchard demands to go to Mars to avoid atomic war on Earth, but is
The foreshadowing of an atomic war is brought to the forefront in this brief
vignette. Pritchard's desperation seems unwarranted: he may be considered
a crank, someone whose dissatisfactions are out of proportion from the
reality of the situation. And yet, there are subtle hints in other stories
that indicate the extent of the problem: that only Americans make the
voyage to Mars, indicating a strong rift in international relations; the
disillusionment about humanity that Spender expresses quite fatally on
the fourth expedition. In a way, Pritchard is a prophet unheeded by his
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