The characters actions are the result of choice. The narrator could have just stayed with his wife in Leatherhead, but he continued to move across London, hiding from the Martians as he went. If the narrator had stayed in Leatherhead, he and his wife would have been killed. His wife only left Leatherhead because she was scared and wanted to find her husband. The Martians ended up destroying all of Leatherhead, and there were no survivors. One moral decision the narrator made was leaving his wife to help other people. I thought that the decision was dumb but brave, because family is more important than strangers, but he was putting his own life in danger for others.
The setting was unique because it was in London, which I am unfamiliar with, and it enhanced the story because in the narrators part of London, there were a lot of hills and plants that could have been used to hide from the Martians. One theme the author specified in the story was "During hard times, never give up hope." The narrator could have given up hope and died many times, but he never did give up, and he was able to see his wife at in the end of the Martian invasion. "I fell and lay still...I rose and walked unsteadily up the steep incline of the bridge. My mind was blank wonder." "They were all stalking seaward, as if to intercept the escape of the multitudinous vessels...It was the torpedo ram, Thunder Child, steaming headlong, coming to the rescue of the threatened shipping." "I was a lonely man, and they were very kind to me...and there, amazed and afraid, even as I stood amazed and afraid, were my cousins and my wife-my wife, white and tearless." This text from the beginning, middle, and end(respectively) help support the central idea. The narrator fell down, but he got back up and conitnued. Th narrators brother was being stalked by the Martians, but they were saved and continued their journey. The man had supposedly lost his wife, but he still had the will to live, and he saw his wife again.
Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, England in 1866. He pursued his love of books as a child. His family was troubled financially, so Herbert was apprenticed to a draper to help support his family. I believe that H.G. Wells wrote this because he was interested in Fantasy books. He also wrote The Time Machine, and The Invisible Man, which were the same genre as this book. His most important message is to not give up, even in rough times. The main characters point of view is not different from the authors point of view because the story is written in first person, and the main character is the author. The tone of this text was suspenseful, because the people of Earth had no chance of stopping the Martians. It was only a matter of time before the world was taken over. But the Martians all died suddenly, and mankind was spared. The author uses a lot of similes to help describe how things look. One is when the narrators brother is escaping London by boat, and is saved by the Thunder Child. "...a vast iron bulk like the blade of a plow tearing through the water." His use of figurative language affects the text by making it easier to visualize what the narrator is seeing and how he is reacting to what he is seeing.