Day 5

The Martian Chronicles Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    In what way is Gripp's fantasizing about being with other people setting him up for disappointment "in reality"?

    Do you think that learning to be on your own--to accept total solitude is better, or worse, than spending all your time with someone you really don't like?

    Students should comprehend that by fantasizing and acting out the roles of "ideal" people he has perhaps known or would like to be with, Gripp is deluding himself into believing that he might actually come across these ideal people. When a less than ideal person does appear, he rejects her.

    Student answers will vary regarding their preference for or tolerance of total solitude, as Gripp experienced, versus...

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