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 their path. As soon as they reach a field, you
can be pretty sure the field will be dead within a few weeks. He called the
rockets locust because with them they bought destruction called man and his

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Al and Marcy duked it out for control of the land between them. Both
came out injured: Marcy being electricuted and Al in the dishing out 5,000
dollars to park in his driveway. Man did just the same in The Martian
Chronicles. Man’s lust with imperialism leads to destruction.

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