One of the most well-known books written by H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, is more than just a very good work of science fiction. Not only does it show how weak man might be in the event of an alien invasion, but symbolically it reflects how the white European men have regarded those of "inferior" races. In this case the aliens would be the European men; the humans would symbolize the "inferior" races. Like the Europeans, the aliens systematically wiped out those they considered inferior to make room for themselves and their "superior" civilization. Many literary elements were important to and supported this theme of the story.
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One important aspect to this story is point of view. This story was told in the first person, by a survivor of the alien invasion. The story (for the most part) is told from one character and what he went through. This point of view puts the reader in the narrator's shoes. The reader sees what the narrator sees, feels what the narrator feels, and hears......
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