The title is very ironic because at the end of the story the writer make us understand that the
“dumb” one wasn't the martian, it was Duncan. The martian was very intelligent in fact, the
moment she started reading us readers could see how smart she was. On the other hand,
Duncan was dumb and arrogant because he underestimated Lellie, but he shouldn't have.
● Duncan Weaver: He bought Lellie to her parents and treated her very aggressively.
He worked as a station officer on Jupiter IV/II. He thinks he is intelligent and Lellie
dumb and stupid, however, it's the other way round.
He was a bully, bossy, abusive, aggressive, intolerant, selfish, arrogant, mean and racist
He felt threatened by Alan
Lellie locked him out of the space ship, killing him
He is the perpetrator of the story because he abused Lellie and he was responsible for
● Lellie: a martian. She is very small and was hardly more than one and a half meters
tall. Her eyes were unnaturally round and large so that she always looked innocence
and surprise, stupid, dumb. However, in the end of the story we realized she wasn’t
as dumb as she seemed to be. She acted as if she was not intelligent so that people
didn’t see her as a “threat” although we know she was.
At first, she was the victim because Duncan bullied and insulted her. The fact that she hadn’t
been taught anything made the situation unfair because she wasn’t able to defend herself.
However, at the end of the story she became one of the perpetrators, because she killed
Duncan. That’s why she is a developing character.
● Alan Winter: Was a man who came to Duncan’s station to do some tests on the
rocks. He was a gentleman, helpful, loyal, trustful, warm hearted, respectful, reliable
and a kind man, because he treated Lellie the way she should be treated. He taught
and explained her new things. He told Duncan that what he was doing to Lellie was
wrong, in an ironic way. This made Duncan furious and mad.
He is another victim since he was left to die just because he was teaching Lellie the way she
should be treated. He was just doing the right thing, and Duncan killed him because he was
Setting in time: future because there are spaceships
setting in place: in Mars (where his Company’s agent was) and Jupiter (the second largest
moon of the fourth moon)
● revenge, since, at the end, Lellie killed Duncan as revenge for everything she had
gone through and because he killed Alan.
● women’s emancipation, since slavery was practiced when Duncan bought Lellie to be
his slave and married her to escape the anti slaverylaw. Also because he was
against the knowledge of Women’s rights being imparted into Lellie as he didn’t want
her to protest or confront him
● education since Lellie used her knowledge, which was taken through reading books,
to kill Duncan.
● Prejudice, because Lellie is stereotyped as if she was a dumb martian
The tone of the story is affected by Duncan´s point of view. He retells the story with
arrogance, disgust, annoyance and plotting.
The atmosphere is filled with tension because after Duncan had killed Alan, he was very
worried of what Lellie was going to do since he thought she could take revenge
point of view
3rd person narrator restricted to Duncan because we, as readers, only know what Duncan
knows. In two parts of the story, however, we see Lellie´s point of view
The message of the story is that we don’t have to judge people over their appearance. We
do not have to stereotype, because Duncan thought Lellie was a dumb martian, but at the
end, she proved she wasn’t. Duncan was the one prejudiced for stereotyping. So we don’t
have to stereotype because at the end, the ones who were stereotyped, are going to
vocabulary (connected to crime and the law):
Bruise: an injury in which the skin is not broken, often characterized by ruptured blood
vessels and discolorations
Quarrel: A reason for a dispute or argument
Hesitate: to wait in uncertainty
Swell up: to expand abnormally
Duncan Weaver worked as a station officer on Jupiter IV/II. He bought a martian called Lellie
to go with him as his companion. He thought martians were a stupid and dumb race, so he
treated her in a very unfair way: he bullied, insulted and abused her. One day, a man whose
name was Alan Winter came to the station to do some tests on the rocks. He treated Lellie
the way she should be treated and taught her what freedom really meant. Duncan got angry
with him, so he left him in the space to die. As they continued living as they usually did,
Duncan thought Lellie had forgotten that he had killed Alan. However, she didn’t forget it
because a few months later she left him outside the spaceship. Duncan died, because he
ran out of oxygen.