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The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

by Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles: Themes (for the Most Part) True or False

1. What example from The Martian Chronicles reveals the theme of change and the resistance to change? -> Martians never change from looking like one thing to looking like another.
2. How does The Martian Chronicles make a strong case that life without art and culture is pretty meaningless? -> Several characters we like (Ylla and Spender, for instance) seem to have positive feelings toward art, philosophy, and literature, whereas characters we don't like (Briggs and Parkhill) see culture primarily as target practice.
3. How does The Martian Chronicles challenge characters' identities? -> The Martians reveal deep-seated stereotypes about human instability
4. What is Bradbury trying to say by allowing so few characters to achieve their dreams? -> The world is constantly changing. A character may momentarily get his wish, but it doesn't last.
5. How does The Martian Chronicles reveal the quest for freedom? -> Freedom is most interesting when it's taken away. For instance, the government passes a law (banning books), restricting the freedom of a guy like Stendahl. So he gets revenge.

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