Theme of Third Expedition (aka Mars is Heaven)

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03 April 2002, 09:09 PM
Theme of Third Expedition (aka Mars is Heaven)
Would somebody please tell me the theme of the Third Expedition in the Martian Chronicles? In other words, what is Mr. Bradbury trying to say about life in general?
So far I like the facts that the people were in hopelessness but blinded by their perception.
04 April 2002, 02:41 AM
Look at the captain's speech. Basically, things are often not what they appear. It's a great commentary on the human nature of people seeing what they want to see unless they've lived long enough to be cautious and suspicious.
06 April 2002, 02:42 AM
Like Heller's CATCH 22, this story also ponders the nature of sanity/insanity, and how the determination of a person's 'sanity' can be purely a matter of perspective. Note the Martian psychologist's seriously flawed logic!
06 April 2002, 02:48 AM
Apologies! My previous post refers to 'The Earth Men', not 'The Third Expedition'.