This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Orson Welles And The War Of The Worlds

2146 words - 9 pages

OCTOBER 30, 1938On the night of October 30, 1938, CBS Radio was broadcasting "La Cumparsita", a Spanish tango. The orchestra was conducted by Ramon Raquello, and had been playing live from the Meridian Room at the Park Plaza in New York City. Within minutes, a reporter interrupted the radio transmission with a very urgent, fearful message: Earth was under attack. The end of the world was upon them, and the play-by-play descriptions of it were coming to them live, in the presumed safety of their own living rooms."It is reported that at 8:50 p.m., a huge, flaming object, believed to be a meteorite, fell on a farm in the neighborhood of Grover's Mill, New Jersey, twenty-two miles from Trenton. The flash in the sky was visible within a radius of several hundred miles and the noise of the impact was heard as far north as Elizabeth."At the time, an estimated 38 million families owned radios. Nearly twelve million people were tuned into the live broadcast, and of them, over one million reacted in a panicked frenzy. People loaded their cars with blankets, supplies, and their children, in preparation for fleeing from an alien attack. Some people hid in cellars. A farmer ran out into a field fully armed, ready for battle, and shot at his neighbor's water tower when he mistook it for an alien spacecraft. The scene quickly became a nightmare, resulting in several actual deaths by suicide. Tragically, some people had ingested poison rather than endure the toxic black smoke emitted from the supposed aliens.By the end of the night, almost all of these people found out the truth. The news report was fictitious...and Orson Welles had been responsible.ORSON WELLESGeorge Orson Welles was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on May 6th, 1915. He was regarded as a prodigy from early childhood and became well involved with the stage when he was very young, making his Broadway debut as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet when at the age of 19. A cinematic pioneer, his controversial depiction of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst in "Citizen Kane" would make him a Hollywood legend. He had "creeped children out" for years as the voice of "The Shadow" on a popular radio show in the 1930's ("Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"). Considered by many to be a genius, he was the master of broadcast theatre production for the Columbia Broadcasting System, and a prominent member of The Mercury Theatre. However, after the famous "War of the Worlds" program aired in 1938, his career would be affected for many years to come. It was intended as a scary story just in time for Halloween, but it quickly became a nightmare."Ladies and gentlemen, this is the most terrifying thing I have ever witnessed...Wait a minute! Someone's crawling out of the hollow top! Someone or...something. I can see peering out of that black hole two luminous disks...are they eyes? It might be a face. It might be..."THE WAR OF THE WORLDSThe War of the Worlds was a work of science fiction written by H.G. Wells in...

Find Another Essay On Orson Welles And The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds Essay

2576 words - 10 pages The War of the Worlds The War of the Worlds--are observing through telescopes the spectacle of the collision of the comet and the moon and are preparing scientific papers on what they take to be the minor damage done to the earth. Wells's narrator then neatly upends homocentrist pretensions: "Which only shows how small the vastest human catastrophes may seem, at a distance of a few million miles." Wells's perspectives on the contingency

The War Of The Worlds Essay

1054 words - 4 pages The War Of The Worlds The War Of The Worlds is about Martians coming down to earth and they start invading London. The Martians try to wipe out mankind in London. But don't become very successful because they get wiped out by the tiniest things on earth bacteria. The novel was published in 1898. At this time the British Empire was strong and dangerous. The British Empire conquered many places, such as India and

The War of the Worlds

1683 words - 7 pages In H.G. Wells’ works, The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine; these were claimed to be his greatest novels published. Fictional 1895 invasion of earth by aliens from mars was described in The War of the Worlds, as for in The Time Machine the creation was a time machine to travel into the past and present (manybooks, par. 1). Wells referenced the first appearance of an alien in the novel The War of the Worlds as considered the first travel

The War of the Worlds

721 words - 3 pages The War of the Worlds is a novel by H. G. Wells that was published in 1898. It takes place where it was written, in England. It fantasizes the idea of Martians inhabiting the Earth and attempting to take it over. It contains an extensive and descriptive plot, a realistic and extensively developed character, and an exciting style that goes into amazing detail yet does not get exceedingly boring. Firstly, in The War of the Worlds, I felt an

The War Of The Worlds

1499 words - 6 pages The Martians in the book The War Of The Worlds that was written by H. G. Wells were on the quest to Earth for resources to help them survive. At first landing and reading their spherical vehicles that were armed with both a heat ray gun and smoke gun, began to lay waste to mankind. Throughout the book, it is from the point of view of the narrator and what he experiences and sees on the Martians destruction of the world he knows. While Earth

War of The Worlds Essay

1611 words - 6 pages ISP "But if our hopes are betrayed, if we are forced to resist invasion of our soil, and to defend our threatened homes, this duty however hard it maybe be, will find us armed and resolved upon the greatest sacrifices." (King Albert II) While King Albert was referring to the battle for Belgium's independence against Germans in WWI, this statement could equally apply to War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. War of the Worlds functions as a warning to

War of the Worlds Analysis

1798 words - 8 pages All creation evolves with the idea of survival of the fittest; there is always competition for control in an environment. This idea supports the theory that power is fleeting and that there is nothing in creation that reigns permanently all-powerful. In War of the Worlds H.G. Wells uses title, setting, and irony to convey the theme that when a force stands as the most potent entity in a system, there is always another power to put the other in

Essay Analysis of Shakespeare's Othello with links to Orson Welles' adaptation and Parker's 1995 version

1375 words - 6 pages contributing to my perceptions of an obscure antagonist's motive and the impacts of his deception. Personal evaluations of racist and feminist ideologies that arise within Othello are augmented by reinterpretations including the flawed masterpiece of Othello(1952) directed by Orson Welles and Oliver Parker's modern feature film Othello(1995), exposing perspectives shaped by context. Considering numerous interpretations of Shakespeare's Othello broadens the

Research Paper: Imperialism and “The war of the worlds”

1071 words - 5 pages During the time in 1897 when H.G.Wells wrote “The War of the Worlds” the British Empire was in there most aggressive time and they had been gaining land and followers and people. They had just taken over a large amount of territory and was considered the top country in Europe at the time. It was not until “The War of the Worlds” that literature had turned imperialism on its head. Causing the British to be in the victim position and have a

H.G.Wells' The War of the Worlds

2866 words - 11 pages . Moreau and The Invisible Man H. G. Wells is considered the father and primary developer of science fiction. A title Wells was catapulted into with the publication of the 1898 science fiction classic, The War of the Worlds. It was this new style of story that would bring about and create this brand new, exciting and often educational form of literature. It is The War of the Worlds that really epitomizes what science fiction is and what it

A critical analysis of Orson Welles' masterpeice, "Citizen Kane."

972 words - 4 pages exploring the film's real theme: the impossibility of truly understanding any human being.In the film Kane (Orson Welles, who also directed and co-wrote the screenplay) is separated from his parents as a child and made heir to an enormous fortune. Coming of age, he decides to run a newspaper, sensationalizing the news and considering himself to be the voice of the people. With ambitions beyond publishing, he runs for New York Governor, and later

Similar Essays

War Of The Worlds Essay

1127 words - 5 pages H.G. Wells' classic novel War of the Worlds is one of the most profound prophetic novels ever written, comparable to other works such as A Brave New World and 1984 in that they predict events leading to the decline of mankind in times of social unrest. In this case, Wells has written a book in the time of a decline in British imperialism, and the events that take place in the tale critique both the actions and beliefs of the British supremacy in

The War Of The Worlds Essay 2165 Words

2165 words - 9 pages . .   "War of the Worlds: How Orson Welles Drew the Nation into a Shared IIlusion."War of the Worlds: How Orson Welles Drew the Nation into a Shared IIlusion. Transparency, n.d. Web. 26 May 2014. .

The War Of The Worlds Essay 1138 Words

1138 words - 5 pages have any sense of smell, but it had a pair of very large dark colored eyes and just beneath this a kind of fleshy beak.”(Book 2 Chapter 2) The description the narrator gives the Martians is just a foothold for what popular science fiction aliens are pictured as today. Through the use of plot, character development and science H.G. Wells creates a phenomenal novel in The War of the Worlds. This paper will now end with the great words of Orson Scott

The War Of The Worlds Essay

993 words - 4 pages 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