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Literature Notes. The Martian Chronicles Written by Ray Bradbury in 1950. Essentially a collection of short stories unified by theme. The book is science fiction (fiction that deals with the influence of real or imagined science on society or individuals).

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Literature Notes

  • The Martian Chronicles
  • Written by Ray Bradbury in 1950.
  • Essentially a collection of short stories unified by theme.
  • The book is science fiction (fiction that deals with the influence of real or imagined science on society or individuals).
  • The stories are arranged chronologically from January 1999 to October 2026. This was many years into the future for Bradbury who lived in a society that had not even visited the moon yet.
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Ray Bradbury

  • Born in Illinois in 1920
  • Graduated high school in 1938, had no more formal schooling.
  • Favorite past-time was wandering around the library taking books off the shelves, reading them and writing stories.
  • He lived in a world of fantasy. Bradbury was fascinated by Hollywood and later took part in making science fiction movies.
  • His message is a warning about the consequences of misusing the new powers science and technology have created. He tries to prevent horrible futures, not predict them.
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Bradbury’s Writing Style

  • Frequent use of figurative language such as simile, metaphor, and personification.
  • Uses detailed description and imagery.
  • Incorporates original science fiction ideas and inventions.
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Simile: a comparison between two unlike things using “like” or “as” or another word of comparison.

Example: The moon was like a flashlight in the sky lighting our way.

Metaphor: a comparison between two unlike things that does not use a “like” or “as”

Example: The sun is an orange, plump and juicy, bursting with the day ahead.

Personification: giving human qualities to a nonhuman thing.

Example: The trees stretched their arms above us cradling us safely from the storm.

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