Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed


Ray Bradbury

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Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed Symbols


Gold, featured in the title of the story and in the physical changes that the characters undergo, is one of the key representatives of the changes that the Martian environment imposes throughout the story. Once…

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Wind and Mist

From the beginning of the story, wind and mist are representative of the uncanny and the unknown on Mars. When he first disembarks onto the planet, Harry Bittering is immediately struck by the wind sweeping…

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The rocket symbolizes Harry Bittering’s determination to return to Earth and, more broadly, the settlers’ former lives there. Harry, who is particularly disturbed by the severing of ties to Earth after the nuclear war…

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