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Post-Modernism, Ray Bradbury, and The Martian Chronicles

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Transcript of Post-Modernism, Ray Bradbury, and The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles
The Martian Chronicles focuses on the difficulties of assimilation between races, the results of atomic warfare, imperialism, and the lack of Civil Rights for the newly met race. These are ideas that come from our own cultural problems, though embellished in the novel.
Post Modernism
"Post Modernism is used in literature, art, philosophy, architecture, fiction, and cultural & literary criticism. It's an effort to explain the and reveal the distrust of modern theories and ideologies" (Keep). Following modernism, it focuses on the flaws of society, politics, and the world as a whole which originated from modernism.
Ray Bradbury &
Post-Modernism

Ray Bradbury fits within the complex literary movement known as postmodernism because he used scenarios that involved current events and created effective ways convey what was morally wrong with them. "He is a successful Post-modernist writer on account of his radical reappraisals of modern assumptions" (Snyder). Ray Bradbury was born and raised in the great depression, giving him a first hand experience to poverty and the problems of his time that needed fixing. He refused to use most technologies because he believed it would make him lazy. Ray's writing really touched upon cultural norms that were morally wrong, and that's what post-modernism is all about.
"Post modernism attempts to reveal the lies and problems
of modern society" (Mankoff).
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury aids in the definition of Post- Modernism by asserting his suspicion of reason through conveying world problems such as: Imperialism, Nuclear Arms Race and Civil Rights. He then identified their source, and made it clear how wrong they were within his novels of
The Martian Chronicles
and
Fahrenheit 451.
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"The names we'll give to the canals and mountains and cities will fall like so much water on the back of the millard ... And then we'll get mad at it, and you know what we'll do? We'll rip it up, rip the skin off, and change it to fit ourselves (Bradbury)."
Imperialistic Ideology
Atomic Fallout
"Earth changed in the black sky. It caught fire.Part of it seemed to come apart in a million pieces, as if a gigantic jigsaw puzzle had exploded. It burned with an unholy dripping glare for a minute, three times normal size, then dwindled (Bradbury). "
Mankoff, Robert. "EPISTEMOLOGY, YOU CRAZY BASTARD!" The New Yorker.
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Dorn, Jon. "Jon Dorn." Jon Dorn. Brewster, 3 Apr. 2009. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.
(Dorn)
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