“A Martian Sends A Postcard Home”
The main theme for this poem, “A Martian Sends A Postcard Home” is showing that how different people have different perspectives and different way of perceiving things. This poem shows how a Martian would describe some of our everyday thing a lot differently than we would. The Martian has a unique way of describing everyday objects, emotions, and time.
The Martian sees mist as an object that has human like properties such as becoming tired. “Mist is when the sky is tired of flight and rests its soft machine on ground.” (Page 867) The Martian describes mist in a completely different way from the ordinary way we think it to be. We know that it has no human properties and understand it to be something just caused by nature.
The Martian, while on Earth, sees adults while they are suffering. The Martian sees them hiding their pain in a room alone, yet children openly expose their hurt. “Only the young are allowed to suffer openly. Adults go to a punishment room with water but nothing to eat.” (Page 864) The Martian gets to see something that most adults try to mask. The Martian is able to make a distinction between the way that children and adults express themselves.
The Martian seems to describe in an odd way about how humans keep their time trapped in a box and how we have it tied to our wrists. “But time is tied to the wrists or kept in a box, ticking with impatience.”(Page 864) In this statement, it shows how he finds it hard to understand why we keep track of time in that way and because we keep it in that way, time begins to tick impatiently.
In conclusion, the theme of this poem shows how everyday items can be described or viewed in such a different way from another perspective. Such things as objects, feelings, and time can be held in such a different viewpoint from two different people. This poem shows how point of view is used to contrast things viewed from a human vs. outsider viewpoint.
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