In the War Of The Worlds, it is clear that HG Wells is not happy with society’s beliefs and ideas. Discuss the way Wells uses language to show his disapproval of religion in chapter 13 and book 2. HG Wells was a scientist in the early 1900s who wrote science fiction novels which was a way of informing society about Wells’ dislike of the political atmosphere of that time; in short, it was designed deliberately to give society a taste of their own medicine. This is because he did not agree with the ways society was dealing with the issues of war, poverty and industrialization. The book the war of the worlds is about an invasion of a different form of life from the planet Mars; a place that the common man in the streets didn’t know much about and a place that Wells was very much interested in and wanted society to understand about the concepts of science and creation issues – something that was a very serious and important debate at the times Wells book was published.
The conflict between science and religion is a huge thing regards this book because if you think about it because each of the themes represents two characters, For example, The Narrator represents Science you know the when he says the word “microscope” in the first chapter it introduces you to his character and directly tells you he is a scientist and introduces the theme. However, The Curate represents Religion, like the Narrator you can tell this at the time you meet him because all he cares about is the church when he says “The church we rebuilt it only three years ago” which makes him also sound quite selfish because his and pretty much the rest of the worlds life is in danger and all he can think of is the church. Also, the conflict of the two themes relates to a debate that has been going on for hundreds of years, How was the world created Science or Religion!
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The industrialization Revolution is were a social and economic change where a human group is transformed from a pre-industrial society into an industrial one. It is a part of a wider modernization process, where social change and economic development are closely related to technological innovation, particularly with the development of metallurgy production. Also, Great Britain was one of the first country’s to ever experience the effect of Industrialisation. This has a lot of relevance to this book with the theme “Technology Taking Over”. It shows us that the Martians machines are taking over the world with the heat ray, and basically just destroying all people objects, and beings that get in its way. In the book, the Martians try to take over planet earth and do anything they can to claim its land this closely relates to the subject of British Imperialism this is where a country takes over another country. Throughout the years Britain has taken over some of these country’s
- Isle Of Man
- Saint Helena
This means we had a very powerful army which in the days was the British empire. If we were to make the subject Of Imperialism relate to this book we would say that, the Martians would act as the British Empire and that the Us and the rest of the world would be the poor undeserving victims’ countries. In the book the Narrator, the main character as I said earlier mentioned represents science, with him being a scientist this is what I think is his main purpose been in the book, to support this theme because as you know the number one argument in the book is Science V Religion. So Well wants the readers to think of the Narrator as a symbolic representation of the theme of science and how in a sneaky clever sort of way he rebels against religion and if you read carefully you can see this in the quote “I stared at him and made no answer” it sort of insinuates that he’s looking at the curate in a way to say oh my god you strange man-god doesn’t really exist.
The relationships the narrator has with the curate is a difficult one because all though the narrator wants to get both of them to safety, the curate gets too much for the narrator to handle and he ends up killing him. The first time they meet is when they are outside the remains of the burnt down church and the curate is grieving over the church “The church we only last month” insinuates that he only really cares about the church, never mind the fact that he’s going to die. The curate seems to get more crazy and anxious throughout the whole of the book, and in the end, the narrator has to save himself from getting killed and the curate is doing the opposite so he kills him. With HG Wells been a scientist, it must have been a great inspiration for him to write science fiction books because he was able to write his own future world theories into them. And this is why he wrote this book.
Like I said before the main purpose of this book was to teach readers a lesson and to give them a taste of their own medicine, and show them what they were doing and how they were hurting people from a different perspective. For example, British Imperialism gets portrayed when the Martians are taking over so yes he makes things a little more clear, hoping that people will realize what there doing and stop! In conclusion I think that wells use great language to get his point across to the audience, and I understood exactly what that point was (Don’t give out what you can’t take back) and this was aimed at all the army in the world, that were making life hell for there self and others.