Devastating Racism in "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury's

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Devastating Racism in The Martian Chronicles

Martian Luther King Jr. enlightened us with his dream "of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality." The world watched his glorious speech, amazed with his fluency, honesty, and intelligence. People such as M. L. King Jr. revolutionized Black equality in North America. He contributed to the [almost] barrier free society for any race. Today, societal racism is almost obsolete and the majority of citizens are open-minded and accepting of different races.

Though as displayed in Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, racism against African-Americans is evident in their society. Exploitation and Ignorance of this minority is also communicated. These three points are effectively displayed through the Caucasian characters' thoughts, speech, and actions. More specifically shown through their ignorant thoughts, their unappreciative speech, their condescending actions.

Throughout North American history, racism has been a serious issue which has consumed many people a , yet destroyed another.

Racism makes other humans beings feel inferior, this is wrong. This is frowned upon in our society, yet accepted in Chapter 15 of The Martian Chronicles. This short narration is called "Way in the Middle of Air", and takes place in a fictional June of 2003. The entire chapter the author has devotes to all aspects of racism in its entirety., Displaying thought uses of extensive symbolism the author depicts the leaving of the African -Americans from their town. "And in that slow, steady channel of darkness that cut across the white glare of day were touches of alert white" (p. 91), the paragraph form which his passage was taken has allegorical characteristics. The use of light and dark ["White banks of the town stores, among the trees silences, a black tide flowed." (p.90)], symbolism ["Brooks of colour" (p. 91)], metaphors...