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'The war of the worlds'

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Introduction

'The war of the worlds' This essay will discuss how chapter four 'the cylinder unscrews' is important to the novel as a whole. ''The war of the worlds'' was written by Herbert George Wells, the novel was written in response to several historical events. The most important one was the unification and militirisation of Germany. 'The war of the worlds' was written in 1894 which later in 1983 was aired on radio broadcast by Orson Wells. The novel is about Martians invading earth because they can no longer survive on mars. The people try everything to get rid of the Martians but in the end nature wins against science. H.G. Wells has included a lot of science fiction in this story which makes this story effective. In the 1st chapter the narrator describes how Earth may be seen 'by greater, more intelligent forces' same as humans 'with microscopes scrutinize the transient.' This novel is still popular today for the wait of a big film coming out next year. ...read more.

Middle

To the end of the chapter the readers are made aware that the Martians are vulnerable 'it had toppled over the brim of the cylinder.' In the first sentence in the beginning paragraph the language used by the narrator is normal and calm 'the sun was setting' but then goes in to the paragraph and starts using much smaller vowels 'hurrying'. The author has also used phonetic speech in this chapter when he meets the small boy 'it's a movin'...a screwin, and a screwin' out. I don't like it. Im a goin' 'ome. I am.' This can be argued that Wells has included phonetic speech to show not only the educated are present around the pit or may have been used to show characterisation showing panic across society symbolising the lower class to run away while the middle class heads towards the pit. Further on the narrator starts to describe the mob 'elbowing, jostling' showing the situation is becoming more violent and out of control. ...read more.

Conclusion

Based in reality in this novel/story are the common sunset and the people and the accents. The accents are recognisable, and clear scientific explanation was given of the uneasy breathing from the Martians, 'the tumultuous breathing of the lungs in a strange atmosphere.' The science fiction part is again where the author describes the breathing of the Martians the description of the Martians is part of science fiction but is more of a fantasy and is completely imagined 'tentacles'. The historical fits in with the chapter because the story was most appealing to the Victorian reader Wells used his scientific knowledge to intrigue the reader. The social concept in the story is symbolic and shows cruse characterisation of the mob. In conclusion this chapter is important to the novel as a whole because it is the first time we meet the Martians base on the evidence in this essay. My views about 'the war of the worlds' is that although the writer used a lot of science fiction in the first tree chapters it was really effective when it came to the actual description of the Martians. ?? ?? ?? ?? Taibah Rehman 10E ...read more.

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