TWIST-ing If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth...

TWIST-ing If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth...
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If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth... by Arthur C. Clarke

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

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. Much like Jerusalem, which was overrun and destroyed by the Babylonians, the actions of nuclear war have destroyed the Earth in this story, leaving 10-year-old Marvin and a small band of other humans to look on the ruins of Earth from their small colony on the moon. Clarke, a scientist himself, creatively utilizes the science fiction genre to paint a horrifying picture of what the potential destructiveness of advancements in war and weaponry could do to humanity’s future.


If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth...

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  • 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.
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