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Compare 'Visitors' and 'The Stolen Bacillus' - Discuss their similarities and differences and consider what makes each a science fiction story.

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Olaolu Oloyede 10T Compare 'Visitors' and 'The Stolen Bacillus'. Discuss their similarities and differences and consider what makes each a science fiction story. This essay will discussing two short stories, called 'Visitors' and 'The Stolen Bacillus'. These stories have similar plots and both deliver and contrast these in their very own clever ways. They are both based on the idea of something being stolen, involving a victim (person something is being stolen from) and robber. In the story 'Visitors' house robbery has been made legal, becoming an occupation. In 'The Stolen Bacillus' a bacteriologist is in possession of a so-called cholera virus, (which turned out to be something else) which is stolen from him. This essay will discuss the similarities and differences between the two stories and their characters, I will also discuss the language used, and the way the theft is effectively conveyed in the two stories. The author of the first story 'Visitors' is Brian Moon who lives and writes in Perth, Western Australia. The basic plot to 'Visitors' is house robbery being made legal. A woman, Mrs. Morrison gets robbed, but the way it happened and how the robbers presented themselves is different to the stereotypical view of a robber. The robbery was thoroughly planned, and the procedures of the robberies are different from what the reader expects. ...read more.


felt she was doing her duty by chasing after the bacteriologist down Haverstock hill and Camden town high street, which is apparently in London. The change of setting from the house to the streets of London increases the excitement of the cab chase. The victim's attitudes and reaction to the robbery in both the stories were different. For instance in the 'Visitors' Mrs. Morrison seemed to be calm and patient, in line 1-5 she appears to be calm due to the fact that, she is being robbed for the second time, in a short period. "Sitting with her feet up, hot tea in one hand and a buttered scone in the other" which shows calmness. Mrs. Morrison shows a bit of irritation and annoyance "not again, not so soon!" her reaction indicates that this can't be happening in the present day even though the description of the house and things in it seem modern day. In 'The Stolen Bacillus' the bacteriologist seems to be a show off, which seems to encourage the thief to want to steal the bacillus, this is clear to me due to the fact that when he is speaking to the pale-faced man (anarchist), he says things like, "those have been stained and killed" and "I wish, for my own part, we could kill and stain every one of them in the universe." ...read more.


Examples of complex words are "rhetoric," "phlegmatic" and "scrutinising." An example of a complex sentence used is "Only break such a little tube as this into a supply of drinking-water, say to these minute particles of life that one must needs stain and examine with the highest powers of the microscope even to see, and that one can neither smell nor taste say to them, 'go forth, increase and multiply, and replenish the cisterns,' and death mysterious, untraceable death, swift death and terrible, death full of pain and indignity would be released upon this city, and go hither and thither seeking his victims." This shows how educated the scientist is and also that he is using words to show off to his visitor. The 'Visitors' by Brian Moon is giving us an idea of what may happen in the near future. I believe the aim of the story is to try and make his readers visualise the situation and imagine how he/she will react to it, by making it seem like is happening in the present. 'The Stolen Bacillus' by H.G. Wells shows us a more familiar way robbery is done (not being aware of it happening) and I also believes it is trying to tell his readers that people are not always what they make themselves to be. To conclude this essay robberies will happen and always will happen for years to come, but eventually the way it may happen will change. 1 ...read more.

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