Dark They Were and Golden-Eyed by Ray Bradbury

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Dark They Were And Golden Eyed

The following story I am about to write on is "Dark They Were And Golden-Eyed" by Ray Bradbury, which follows the lives of Earth people stranded on Mars during the war on their own planet. This is not a stereotypical science-fiction story due to the uniqueness of the Martian theme. At first, a family of five (the Bittering family) are the only people on the planet, but are soon joined by many others. The chilling story begins with Harry Bittering's thoughts:

"The wind blew as if at any instant it would draw his soul from him. He felt as if he would dissolve and his past would be burned away."

It seems clear to the reader from the beginning that Mr Bittering's feelings about being on Mars are far from happy ones. The wind seems to have a life of it's own, which only Bittering seems to notice. We discover this with the use of wind imagery. Throughout the story, the wind signals a change, for example, "The nights were full of wind. In the Earth men's settlement, the Bittering house shook with a feeling of change. Lying in bed, Mr Bittering felt his bones, shifted, shaped, melted like gold." It wouldn't just be Mr Bittering who would go through changes during life on Mars, however. In fact, he would be the last person to turn into a Martian, while the rest of his family and friends slowly changed their lifestyle to adjust to the Martian climate and surroundings. Slowly but surely, Bittering was getting more and more warped into the Martian group although that wasn't what he wanted. From the very beginning, he longed to return to Earth, knowing something was wrong.

However, just a few months later, his whole attitude towards returning to Earth changed dramatically as well as his appearance. Ideas about building a rocket and returning to Earth were now in the back of his mind, and his family had now transformed fully into Martians. He didn't say it, but I'm sure he...
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