No specific ones.
Winter, metaphorically set aside by the rocket's heat.
The rocket descends and melts winter away.
The town is temporarily in summertime again.
The seasonal shift emphasizes the changes brought by technology on human
life, and in turn foreshadows the theme of human life (with their technology)
changing Mars and the Martians when they colonize the planet.
The rocket descends on a small town in Ohio during winter, bringing
summer in its heat.
This vignette is very brief and intends to convey a sense of awe and
wonder at what technology is capable of. Summer is symbolic of youthfulness
and energy, which space travel and colonization is supposed to inspire.
A Martian wife.
The Earthman who contacts Ylla through dreams.
A friend of Ylla's who lives in the Green Valley.
A friend of Yll and Ylla.
Ylla, who wishes to meet the Earthman from her dreams.
Yll, who is jealous of Ylla's attention towards this seeming imaginary
Yll deceives Ylla, forcing her to stay home at the time the Earthman
is supposed to arrive.
Yll kills the Earthman, causing a rift between himself and his wife.
Marriage and jealousy are the two main themes of this story. What makes
a marriage work? How much trust is necessary? And what happens when someone
or something threatens the marriage?
Ylla K has dreams about a man from Earth arriving on Mars. She shares
with Yll details of this Nathaniel York's exotically strange appearance,
the music of his culture, and the belief that he will and in the Green
Valley. Yll K suppresses his jealousy as best he can and tries to be more
attentive to his wife, but realizes she intends to meet York when he lands.
Using the ruse of a supposed visit by Doctor Nlle, Yll convinces Ylla
not to go to Green Valley - she herself tried the ruse of visiting Pao
to go to the area. She stays home and Yll goes out hunting, killing York.
Though nothing is said of this, Ylla is aware of what happened.
The wife's name is an extension of the husband's, subtly indicating her subservience
to him. The married couple never admit to each other that Ylla's dreams
of York are based in reality, instead speaking of it as a kind of imaginative
fancy. However, both of them behave as if York's arrival is real,
making him Yll's rival for Ylla's affection. The marriage is kept together
tenuously by this refusal to speak of things that could tear their bond
Cite this page:
Mescallado, Ray. "TheBestNotes on The Martian Chronicles".
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