War Of The Worlds By Hg Wells

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The antagonist and protagonist of a story often have a multitude of differences with an addition of a few distinct similarities. Authors and story tellers often use the differences and similarities between the two opposing forces to communicate or express certain themes to the audience. These themes are often used in an attempt to change the outlook of the audience towards a certain subject. This novel is no different, As a matter of fact; it would appear that the author of The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells, was actually illustrating some of humanity’s faults and short comings through the differences and similarities between the Martians and the humans.
It is obvious that the Martians and humans have physical differences. However, the shear amounts of differences between the two are outstanding. The first alien sighted coming out of the canister is described as, “A big greyish rounded bulk, the size, perhaps, of a bear, was rising slowly and painfully out of the cylinder. As it bulged up and caught the light, it glistened like wet leather” (Wells 26). This first sighting does not give a clear image but it clearly depicts the difference of size. The narrator continues to describe the creatures as having two dark colored eyes with v-shaped mouths that look like beaks as well as one ear at the back of the head. Surprisingly the narrator does not mention anything about the Martians having a nose. This brings into question their means of withdrawing oxygen from the atmosphere. Admittedly, these creatures are very different from humans; nonetheless they share the same basic parts with the exception of the nose. That is to say, both the humans and Martians have eyes, mouths, and ears. Conversely, the Martians physical body is remarkably different than that of the human. Their bodies are described as resembling an octopus head with a total of sixteen tentacles, eight on each side. This is basically the entire compositions of a Martian; they are essentially big and sluggish brains with tentacles.
Some of the more secluded differences are the biological differences. One of the most intriguing differences deriving from the biological differences is the way in which the Martians feed. Astonishingly enough the Martians do not feed out of their mouths. Interestingly the narrator writes, “They did not eat, much less digest. Instead, they took the fresh, living blood of the other creatures, and injected it into their own veins” (142). The narrator actually witnesses this being done to another human and even has to turn away from it. He also learns that the Martian’s primary source of food before reaching earth was a different type of alien that similarly represented humans. Another equally striking difference is that the Martians do not need sleep. This allows them to work and do a great deal more than the humans who begin to lose functionality with the lack of sleep. We actually learn about this biological factor early on in the novel; when the canister...

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