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Martian Chronicles The Martian Chronicles written by Ray Bradbury is about mans journey to Mars in 26 loosely connected stories Each story tells a different perspective of the new frontier and Bradburys view on humans The book begins with Earth facing war and man sending rockets to Mars in search of a new life After several failed expeditions men finally begins to live on Mars The Martian race is known either to be extinct or living in the mountains because the chicken pox wiped out most of their population Man quickly takes over and starts sending more and more people to Mars Ray Bradbury reveals several ideas that he has about human nature and the human experience One idea that Bradbury has about the human experience is that humans have a strong need for family in their lives In the failure of the third expedition crewmembers are quick to hurry out of the ship to see loved family and friends Even though the people they see are deceased back on Earth they are easily convinced that this is a town where the dead are living A man doesnt ask too many questions when his mother is suddenly brought back to life hes much too happy46 They didnt think that it could be the Martians playing a trick on them The captain of the third expedition John Black is convinced that he sees his long dead brother Ed Youre looking fine Ed but Ed what is this You havent changed over the years You died I remember when you were twenty-six and I was nineteen Good God so many years ago and here you are and Lord What goes on43 Crewmember Hathaway created an artificial family after his real family died of an unknown virus At dinner he makes a toast Its good to be with friends again And to my wife and children without them I couldnt have survived alone162 Displayed clearly is that
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