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HG Wells - The War Of The Worlds HG Wells uses literacy techniques in The War Of The Worlds to add tension and create a better more frightening atmosphere. He uses four main types of literacy techniques that are: * Juxtaposition * Pathetic fallacy * Omniscient viewpoint * And cliffhangers The meaning of these are as followed: * Juxtaposition - this is where two completely different facts are put next to each other to make a comparison that stands out clearly and completely changes the atmosphere. * Pathetic fallacy - this is where the weather matches the mood of some one. * Omniscient viewpoint - the author and the reader knows what is going to happen but the character does not. * Cliffhanger - this means main things 1. A melodramatic serial in which each episode ends in suspense. 2. A suspenseful situation occurring at the end of a chapter, scene, or episode. ...read more.


In the 1800`s civilization was the most important thing. If a man did not wear a hat he was accused of being poor and even if he was middle class a hat and a suit was the only way of recognizing status. Clothes were the way in which people could tell if you were rich or poor. In the book when the man loses his hat no one helps him and suspects him of just being a poor person begging. Civilization starts to break down in this book not that far off from when the Martians come to earth. People start being selfish and getting themselves out of harms way and do not even try to bother helping the women and children. That was a mans duty to make sure, in any danger, to save his wife and children. The main character of this book outbids another buyer in a public house for buying the horse and cart. ...read more.


This is a contrasting pair because he says "swiftly but smite", swiftly means quick, agile and nimble and smite meaning striking and powerful, which is constructed to make the Martians look strong and powerful. Wells also uses a contrasting pair to create a sense of optimism where he says "This was printed in enormous type on paper so fresh that it was still wet", which shows optimism in the way that an announcement had been made to assure the safety in the people of London. A fast pace is created in this episode by having the city chaotic at one time, but then an assurance is made that the people will be safe, but some may not believe that they are safe, which causes great tension in this episode, and for the next chapter of the book. This passage describes why the Martian invasion failed, and how the Martians were destroyed. The atmosphere created in this episode is one of rising optimism and reflection. ...read more.

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