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Title: The Martian Chronicles
Author: Ray Bradbury
Date Published: 1950
Meaning of the Title: A history of the colonization of Mars by Earth.
Setting: Mars primarily, with several stories on Earth.
Genre: Science fiction, specifically science fantasy.
Protagonist: Earthians colonizing Mars.
Antagonist: Mars as a frontier, Martian culture.
Mood: Elegiac (a sense of loss or sorrow for the past), often wryly
Point of View: Third person.
Tense: Past tense.
Rising Action: Earthians send expeditions to Mars for the sake of colonizing
the planet, not succeeding until the majority of Martians are killed by
Exposition: Mars is slowly colonized by Earthians, with varying experiences.
Climax: Worldwide atomic war takes place on Earth and almost all the
colonizers return to Mars to be with family. Earth is cleansed of human
civilization in a final burst of self-destructive warfare.
Outcome: William Thomas escapes the atomic war and takes his family
to Mars to start a new civilization.
Major Theme: The process of colonization, mirroring the experiences
of past colonizers especially the Europeans in North America.
Minor Themes: Human achievement and the vice of hubris, the threat
of loneliness, the mechanical routines of modern life.
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