In the 19th century, people made a supposition that there was life on Mars. Moreover, they believed that planet was much older than the Earth and the life on it was flickering out. Probably, its inhabitants had possessed advanced technologies long before the humans. Would the Martians search for a new place to live not waiting for their habitat to drop off the radar?
Such was the theory outspoken by one of The War of the Worlds' narrator. The War of the Worlds by HG Wells describes the Martians’ violent invasion on the Earth. Frightened but fascinated by the aliens people still have a feeble hope for a peaceful relationship. But the Martians are set to colonialize them incinerating anyone who puts up resistance.
The story has two narrators, the one who sees the invasion firsthand and his brother who witnessed people escaping London. Searching for the shelter, the first narrator meets different people on his way. With the abandoned hope of rescue, most of them were horrified to death and lived performing duties by rote. Moreover, there were piles of human corpses everywhere. Unlike humans, the Martians were tireless working day-and-night. They were neither male nor female due to gemmating. Their main body organ was a huge unflagging brain.
Soon terror and chaos steals upon the area of Victorian London. The authorities appear powerless to devastation, mass unrest and growing panic. Moral values and social rules do not work anymore and people show their true worth. Being in the teeth of death they vandalise, feud over money, get mad, betray and commit crimes. The British and the whole humankind are fighting a losing battle still there seem to appear some rescue plans. One of the outcasts suggests waiting out the catastrophe and at the same time breed a new type of people. According to him, men who survived will rule the world while women will only serve them and produce babies. Those who are weak and feeble are to be killed. Soul-chilling terror from his inhuman ideas made the narrator go away.
On arriving in London, the narrator sees thousands of corrupting dead bodies. What awaits him here? Suddenly he is relieved having understood that the Martians are at their last moments. Pathogenic bacteria of the Earth which they cannot withstand have killed them. Gradually the order is restored. Will the humankind draw the moral from that disastrous aliens’ attack? As the story ends HG Wells prompts the idea of the integrated human society.
In the 19th century, people made a supposition that there was life on Mars. Moreover, they believed that planet was much older than the Earth and the life on it was flickering out. Probably, its inhabitants had possessed advanced technologies long before the humans.