And the Moon Be Still AS Brigh

June 2001- And the Moon Be Still AS Bright

Spencer is the main character of this story. His character is very deep and the author takes some time describing him and his thoughts and ideas. The author basically criticized human nature and lay out his thoughts through Spenser. From page 64 until 68 he basically displays his character and thoughts of Bradbury. Another character with a pretty deep personality towards the end of story is Captain Wilder, who after taking to Spender understands his ideas, appreciates them, and doesn't really want to kill him in the end. After that Captain started to appreciate Mars more, like Spender did. In the end of this story, he “…caught Parkhill and knocked his teeth out,” for shooting the towers of Martian buildings. The rest of crew is shown as just plain, flat, regular people, who didn't seem to care about anything except for drinking and having fun. Special emphasis was put on Biggs, who was shown like a pig that didn't care about Mars at all and only seemed to care about getting wasted.

Spender's deepness, appreciation of culture (of Mars), and intelligence are both his virtues and vices. It is a virtue from the side of being intelligent, spiritually, and higher from the moral side. Spender escaping from the crew and living in dead Martian town examining culture and books showed his intellect and love and appreciation to these high- morale subjects. His vices of having these feature is that he's the only one, except for Captain Wilder later on. He is intellectually and morally isolated from most of the crew and people. It is also his vice that he took it to far, by killing crew members and planning to kill humans that come to Mars. Eventually, he dies from killing these people.

Spender's main traits are intelligence and appreciation of culture. When he went to the dead city and saw its beauty, he left the crew and went to study the culture, literature, science, arts, and behavior of the Martians. After he studied these things, he realized how low humans are compared to Martians. To accomplish this hard task, his intelligence matched up with his desire to find out more about the culture.

Spencer is most responsive to life by his emotions. From his despise towards the crew and interest towards the Martian culture he leaves the crew and goes into the dead city and lives there by himself. There from his love or interest, he studied a lot of things about Martians, which nobody from the rest of the crew knew about, even Captain Wilder. “I've been living in a little valley town for about a week, learning how to read ancient books and looking in the old art forms.”

Ray Bradbury makes us feel kind of sorry towards Spender in the end. He shows us his thoughts, what he accomplished, and acquits his actions. There was no other choice rather than kill him because he would kill all the people who would arrive to Mars.

Spender's personality is probable and consistent. He did follow his personally all the way. He really could be smart, survive there in the dead city, and be a fanatic to kill people for his beliefs. He could also read the scripts and learn the culture if it was as “…amazingly simple…” as he told.

Yes, the characters seem pretty real. They are shown as simple, regular Earth people, Americans, except for Spender who's more complex. They don't have any super powers and are shown the way people are. They remind me of a lot of people I know. When they came to Mars they started to celebrate it. Personally, I would do the same, and most people would probable too (especially if the shortest trip to Mars is a year and a half).

Narrative Manner

The point of view of the book is 3rd person limited. The main focal point of the book is Mars because all of the little, mostly unrelated, stories revolve around it. Overall, the book changes focus all the time. Each little story in each chapter, 24 of them, have a different focus. Also, the focus changes from character to description throughout the book.

The focal point in the book is very wide because of the lack of consistent character through out the book. This gives an effect of telling the story, describing a lot, but also an effects that it is true and that it is giving the facts is given

The narrative of the story doesn't seem to speed up or slow down a lot, instead it is mostly just slow narration, without much action going on. Most of story is a narration with a lot of description, which basically takes the tempo away from the story.

The order of the book is chronological. The book starts in year 1999 and ends in 2026.

The speech in the book is describing the characters in the book. In the chapter “June 2003- Way in The Middle of The Air” speech shows the character and social position of people. The black people there are shown more higher morally, but lower in society. They are disrespected by the white people, but the black people shit show respect and talk politely by saying words like “sir”. The white people instead, especially Mr. Teece, are shown higher in status, but lower morally. They talk rude, racist, and use slangs like “blackie” and “tryin'”. Mr. Teece also tried to find a reason to bug the black people and tried to prevent them from leaving. They still remained calm and polite, while he was getting mad and rude.

The book doesn't have a feeling of a narrator. Bradbury wrote it in a way that you can't feel him talking, instead it is written as if there are facts told. The narration sounds like it is all real.

The vision of life in the book is people spoiling everything and killing each other. Through the book it talks about people killing themselves with atomic bombs. They are also rude and ruin everything, including the already dead cities.


Most of the book is showing human low qualities: war, rudeness, disrespect, and other issues. Biggs was a good example of low quality humans. Spender instead had high morale levels, even though he killed people. This also showed that nobody is perfect.

The social problem in this book is human nature. People get to Mars to escape social problems, but when they get there they still have them because you can't change humans. They are same, old Earth people, but just moved to Mars, and didn't learn anything from it.

In the novel the outcome is almost all extinction of humanity from its own hands. Only few people will survive and start everything over, theoretically repopulating humanity and making better humans (morally).

In the end the final outcome helped the humanity to survive, or at least get a chance of it. The family and few other people rescue themselves on Mars.

Tendency is showed in the end of the story, when this family prepared for many years to leave Earth that will be destroyed and survive. The survival tendency is what the author said everyone will have to go through in the end.

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