War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds: Theme

THEME ANALYSIS Imperialism: From the beginning of his novel, Wells makes clear that his tale of Martian invasion is to be understood, at one level, as a meditation on the evils of imperialism. “[B]efore we judge of [the Martians] too harshly,” his narrator writes, “we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species …

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War of the Worlds: Metaphors

The Martians are of course, within the book, literal, alien invaders, yet they also serve a symbolic function. “This novel firmly implanted in the popular imagination the image of Martians as monsters, and brought a new sensationalism into interplanetary fiction” (Clute and Nicholls, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, p. 777). As monsters, the Martians thus …

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