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The story the man who could work miracles by H.G. Wells is a powerful warning about the impact that humans can have on their environment. Discuss the methods used by H.G. Wells to convey this message

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English Literature coursework The story the man who could work miracles by H.G. Wells is a powerful warning about the impact that humans can have on their environment. Discuss the methods used by H.G. Wells to convey this message and say whether you think the story is still relevant today. The story the man who could work miracles was written by H.G. Wells in 1898. It's about an ordinary man, Mr. Fotheringay, who is a clerk. He discusses the impossibility of miracles in the pub, the Long Dragon, when suddenly he discovers that he can perform them. He investigates with this power and the seeks help from a man of the church, Mr. Maydig. With the power demonstrated to Maydig, both of them become overconfident with the used of the power and end up causing the world to stop turning. The story was made into a film in 1936, a 'comedy'. It was also the inspiration for 2003, Bruce Almighty. But what is a miracle? Well, a miracle is basically a supernatural event, usually to satisfy the human's needs. It can appear as a selfish occurrence. The genre of this story is similar to a lot of H.G. Wells other short stories as it is a science fiction story. Wells place in science fiction is rather unusual as he appeared to be predicting a lot of the future in the late 1800's and early 1900's. ...read more.


As Fotheringay talks about Winch (who was accidently sent to hell by Fotheringay), Maydig said 'I see you are in a tangle, yes it's a difficult position, how you're to end it......' He never finishes. If Maydig followed the church, he shouldn't be agreeing or even interested, he should say God is the only one to perform miracles and that Fotheringay is mad or possessed. Another of Wells methods is structure, it's the way Fotheringay starts with small, pathetic miracles when he has the power to do anything. As the story goes on the miracles become more dramatic and bigger until the final miracle that was not described as anything in particular but appeared to sound like the atomic bomb, so basically a catastrophic occurrence. To follow this Fotheringay appears at the beginning of the story again and is engaged in the conversation he first had about miracles, but this time he could define what one was. The way Wells turns it into a circular story is powerful in the understanding in what Wells is trying to say to the reader. The settings in which the story takes place are rather strange when you think of the ideas Wells is explaining in this story. The opening of the story is in the local pub, the Long Dragon. It's the location where Fotheringay discovered his power. ...read more.


The alternative view on this is just as important as it supports Christian views, because according to the Bible, only God or Jesus were able to perform miracles but on the other hand if Fotheringay were to perform miracles like he did then surely its saying that Jesus was alive doing what the Bible says he did, healing, sharing the bread and fish and so on... or maybe the power Fotheringay had was a gift from God, and if God were to give a gift then its worth while, I would say it's a good thing, right? Perhaps the story shows God and Jesus being divine as a human with that power (Fotheringay) messes things up, suggesting that humans have no control. The views are almost endless. In conclusion, I agree that this story is relevant in today's world. The story has many meanings to think about. Wells is making predictions about the future science, the atom bomb, created 50 years later and almost recreated what Wells wrote when the bomb was dropped in August of 1945, followed by a second 3 days later. The story, in my opinion, has a religious meaning to it. Going back to the Christians, it sort of suggests how easy it is to offend a religion due to science. To me, the two are strongly linked which this story seems to show. Wells seems to have written this to have a meaning to be later relevant to a future century for understanding ...read more.

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