Published in 1951 in a post-nuclear world, this short story by Arthur C. Clarke takes its title from a portion of Psalm 137, which laments the destruction of Jerusalem in 597 B.C. Learn more and engage students through storyboarding and interesting activities.
Literary elements for Post Apocalyptic Books - If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth analysis
T - TONE
W - WORD CHOICE
I - IMAGERY
S - STYLE
T - THEME
It's not fair!
Marvin is in despair. He knows that Earth holds many wonders that he should have been able to experience, but he will never be able to.
abyss, wonders, hues, unhurried, anguish, exile
“... the hues of sunset skies, the moaning of the sea on pebbled shores, the patter of falling rain, the unhurried benison of snow.”
The author uses a very descriptive narrative of the beauty of Earth that Marvin will only ever know from afar: it is a shining crescent with many wonders. The fact that Marvin will never see any of it in person fills him with anguish.
This passage highlights the unfairness for Marvin that is a direct result of humanity’s own failure. What should have been his rightful heritage will never be something he can have because of the carelessness with which nuclear weapons were used.