Dark They Were And Golden-Eyed
Science fiction is a very interesting subject because you never really know for sure if it's fiction or not. The scientific information contained in these stories makes you think; could this be real? The possibility is always there, in the back of your mind, just lingering around that these concepts could be reality. One day when you hear on the news about something you read in a science fiction novel, or saw in a science fiction movie, you'll really start thinking about it. Ray Bradbury's Dark They Were and
Golden-Eyed is a great science fiction story to get you thinking about science fiction. I'm going to try and use Bradbury's story as an example of science fiction as genre. In Dark they Were and Golden-Eyed Bradbury shows you how life might be like if people lived on Mars. He gives the people a reason for going to Mars and then a reason why they must stay there. The people on Mars slowly start to change, their skin turns dark and their eyes begin to be covered with a gold film. None of the human really cared except for one, Harry Bittering. Harry was reluctant to stay since the second he stepped on to Mars. When him and his family got off the rocket and looked around Harry got a cold look on his face, "What's wrong?" asked his wife. "Let's get back on the rocket." Said Harry. "Go back to Earth?" said his wife. "Yes! Listen!" said Harry (131). Bradbury repeats a lot of words like wind and gold. He said "The wind blew as if to flake away their identities." (131). The idea of losing your identity is a theme that is revisited throughout the book. Harry was never comfortable living on Mars, especially when everything started changing. The food they had planted was changing their skin and their eyes. All of this made Harry very paranoid and he got to a point were he started to build his own rocket to go back to Earth. No one really paid much attention to Harry at that point, they just let him go on with his ways. As time went by Harry became weaker and weaker and eventually gave into the power of the planet without even realizing it. All of the humans change their appearance and are all now
Themes Of Dark They Were And Golden Eyed By Ray Bradbury
In the story Dark They Were And Golden Eyed, by Ray Bradbury, a great story that he develops themes of fear, change and symbol and label. The author uses techniques of similes, metaphors and personification that explain and convey them to the reader very powerfully.
A clear and important theme developed in the story by Ray Bradbury through the use of personification is fear. In the sentence, ?The fear was never gone? it lay with Mr and Mrs Bittering, a third unbidden partner at every midnight talk?. The author creates fear among the humans by using personification to show the unbidden partner as a person, but we recognise what it really is. Ray Bradbury is trying to show that the unbidden partner is fear becoming real.. There was once a time were fear was overwhelming and real to me when on the year 8 camp I participated in, we went to make rafts at the beach. When we went to test them in the water, we went out to the rocks, and then a man came to pick us up from the ocean because our rafts had fallen apart. He told us all to grab onto a piece of rope of a part of the raft. I grabbed a piece of wood and PVC pipe joined. As we picked up speed, I started to be dragged under water and could not come back up. As I held my breath and trying to get to the surface, I felt like I was not going to get up again. Then I felt we were slowing down and I slowly came up from a couple of metres of water and I felt relived as I got up and walked onto the shore. The fear and change is discussed in this short story are connected because the Bitterings are constructed to be very fearful of change that may be happening.
The second theme, that Ray Bradbury discusses is the change occurring around Mr and Mrs Bittering. In the story, it is said that very dim gold flecks are starting...
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