\'The Martian Chronicles

Kenny McDaniel
April 10th, 1997
1st Period
"Your\'s will be mine soon"

Al Bundy faced the problem of finding out who\'s land was who\'s

when his neighbor and him got into an argument over an apple tree. He

called in a surveyor and they found out the tree belonged to Marcy, his

neighbor, and Al became jealous. Al and his family then electricuted Marcy.

Marcy retaliated when she found out that she owned Al\'s driveway. After

that, Al was forced to pay a 5,000 dollar fee to drive in his driveway. Just as

desolation arose from the greed for land between Marcy and Al, the same has

happened with man throughout history. In the book, The Martian

Chronicles, this theme is portrayed with a passion. Man\'s lust with

imperialism leads to destruction.

Man\'s greed for land causes desolation. In the begginning, a first

expedition is sent to Mars to try to colonize it. This plan is cut short when a

Martian, who has telepathic abilities, senses the men coming. When the

men land, they meet a martian with a gun and so ends the first expedition.

Next, another group is sent to try to gain land on Mars. These men land and

go knocking from one door to the next saying that they were from Earth.

Each martian tells them to go to another person. Finally, the men come to a

house where a man gives them a key and says they "will be taken care of" in

the next room. They enter only to find that they are locked within an insane

asylum. They are taken next to the ship and then killed. In the third

expedition, the group lands and at first think they are on Earth but traveled

back in time to the year 1920. The captain and one of his men tell his men to

stay on ship while they go and survey the land. However, when they came

back they saw their men talking and associating with many of their

dead family members. Each of the crew men go to the house with their

family members. At the end of the night, the captain finally realizes what

was going on. The Martians were giving them illusions of their families but

it was too late...the entire crew was dead. Last comes the fourth expedition

to Mars where they land near a Martian ruin. One of the men searches

through the city and start to read some of the Martian books. He finds out

just how sophisticated the Martians were and fears of the destructions his

fellow crew members caused. He starts on a killing spree and kills four men.

Finally, he is killed and the crew members send word to Earth saying it is

safe to colonize Mars. In all of the last four expeditions, there was only one

cause: to colonize Mars. However, each time they tried in one way or

another ended in destruction. Which brings me on to my next point, the

death of millions of Martians due to humans coming to their planet. Because

humans tried to colonize on Mars, chickenpox was given to the Martians and

the entire race died from it. The race died because of man\'s imperialistic

ideals. But all the destruction was not only occurring on the planet Mars, for

Earth had it\'s share of destruction due to greed for land as well. The

countries on Earth began to fight over control of land, and atomic bombs

became the weapon of choose. As they tried to gain control over each other,

they only led to their own demise. Earth was desolute...left to ruin, to die in

the anger that man had been born into, to feel the pain that man had felt for

generations. This same pain was felt on Mars as well. Mars was left in

pieces...it\'s people dead, it\'s streets a void, it\'s air polluted, and it\'s

animals dead, as well as it\'s hope. Man\'s greed for land once again caused

the destruction of the world around him. However, the piece of evidence that

best proves that man\'s lust with imperialism leads to destruction is the

original name of the book. It was originally called The Silver Locust. Locust

come and destroy everything in