The Martian Chronicles
Art and Culture Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"I never suspected myself of such an imagination. Black hair, blue eyes, and white skin! What a strange man, and yet—quite handsome." ("Ylla," 35)
Notice how Ylla is able to consider this man from another planet handsome, while Yll just sees him as the enemy. Art and culture—you know, imagination—can help us accept new things. Art, and the ability to imagine, lets us appreciate something that's different from us, or outside our experience.
"That song. That fine and beautiful song." She closed her eyes and hummed, but it was not the song. "I've forgotten it. And, somehow, I don't want to forget it. It's something I want always to remember." She moved her hands as if the rhythm might help her to remember all of it. Then she lay back in her chair. "I can't remember." She began to cry. ("Ylla," 215)
For Ylla, Art is associated with the possibility of something new—with the possibility of her life changing. After Yll kills the guy who was bringing a whole new world of art to Mars, Ylla's life goes back to its ordinary (and unmusical) sadness.
Spender filled the streets with his eyes and his mind. People moved like blue vapor lights on the cobbled avenues, and there were faint murmurs of sound, and odd animals scurrying across the gray-red sands. ("—And the Moon Be Still as Bright," 97)
Invader Spender imagines all of the things that used to be on Mars. Even though he's not an artist (he's an archeologist… we think), he has an artistic appreciation for the past and for difference. Unfortunately, this makes him go a little crazy. Murderously crazy.