The Martian, By Andy Weir Essay

1557 Words Dec 1st, 2016 7 Pages
When it comes down to it, most people would rather listen to a biased tale from one of their best friends than an unbiased recollection of the same event by someone uninvolved, which is exactly why Mark Watney of The Martian makes such a convincing and relatable narrator. Andy Weir, the author of The Martian, uses personability to create an environment surrounding the botanist, mechanical engineer, and astronaut who leads the novel that gives the reader a reason to become invested. Not only is Watney wildly qualified to do what he does, as he is an astronaut, after all, but he is relatable and enjoyable to interact with through the style of writing provided by Weir. While The Martian may not have been intended as such, it can be considered a commentary on the human condition. It covers topics such as loneliness and isolation, while some details could be linked to suicide and death, even further so outside of the playful mentions to them given to us by the protagonist Mark Watney. In continuing this theory, one could conclude that, outside of its basest plot points, The Martian is about a tooth-and-nail battle for recovery, reclamation, and survival. In the case of the particular edition of The Martian used for this paper, the cover is orange, dusty, and gives the onlooker a feeling of the curious possibilities that could be given in this novel of “real science sci-fi,” (Wall Street Journal, The Martian cover) novel featuring an astronaut in a prototypical EVA, meaning…

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