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The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles


by Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles: Symbols True or False

1. How is fire associated with positive things in The Martian Chronicles? -> In "Rocket Summer," fire shooting out of the rockets' engines cannot warm up a cold Ohio winter and fires—excuse the pun—people's imaginations.
2. How does the dryness of Mars reveal a possible future vision of Earth? -> In the early 1900s, some astronomers thought that Mars was full of dried-up channels that used to ferry water to ancient cities. Therefore, earth could meet the same fate.
3. How do the rockets in The Martian Chronicles reveal destructive nature of technology? -> As the dad says in "The Million-Year Picnic," "the people got lost in a mechanical wilderness, like children making over pretty things, gadgets, helicopters, rockets; emphasizing the wrong items, emphasizing machines instead of how to run the machines" (123).
4. How do the spiders and insects in The Martian Chronicles reveal the primal fears of human beings? -> They are foreign, strange, and unnerving, especially in their almost telepathic communication.