― Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles should be an easier read for most of you than Frank Herbert's Dune. Some of you, however, may find the concept of a collection of short stories which are loosely related into one "story" somewhat confusing. The Martian Chronicles as set in the future when it was written, but time has overtaken it, and many of the stories now are set in a "future" that never happened. Still, the stories ARE relevant as Bradbury was not concerned so much with technology as he was with social issues. The "chapters" deal with a variety of issues that plague humanity even today, years after these stories were written: colonization [think Europeans and American Indians], racism, mob mentality, loss/loneliness, and censorship. This is speculative fiction at its most thought-provoking.
This week, choose two of the stories from The Martian Chronicles that focus on the same social issue and compare their treatment of that issue. Do the two stories each portray the social issue effectively? Provide examples of this. Is one story more effective than the other? Why? Be specific...
Please make your first post by Thursday at midnight and your post in response to a classmate's post by Saturday at midnight!
Teacher Barb :)