As the Martians fire their deadly heat rays, destroying towns and cities will anyone survive against the overwhelming odds? What were the Martians doing here? This could not have been a friendly visit, so what were their intentions?
In H.G. Wells War of the Worlds the humans’ instinct to survive overcomes threats to their existence.
When faced with the unknown the human instinct for survival gives us only two options, fight or flight.
When the unknown plumes of fire were first spotted shooting from Mars it attracted many scientists, and it was also the same year that Mars was close enough to Earth to allow scientists to observe it with telescopes from that era. It was not until the cylindrical object, for that is what the scientists now knew what it was, entered the Earth’s atmosphere that most humans felt the fear of the unknown. When the first object had landed, many noises were heard emanating from within. As time went on the noises gradually faded to nothing and many people felt relief that whatever was living inside, was now dead. It was not until the lid started unscrewing that humans became frantic. "It’s a-movin’, a-screwin’ and a screwin’ out. I don’t like it. I’m a-goin’ ‘ome, I am." (Wells 11) The lid fell off, and a snake-like tentacle emerged from the darkness, firing the deadly heat ray. The snake-like tentacle was an appendage on the almighty Martian fighting machine.
The humans had to overcome threats to their existence by fighting back. For many it was a constant battle to persevere in spite of their losses and for some it was the journey of escape in which to survive.
Without any chance of survival, many are killed in the line of duty as they sacrificed their lives for others. Many have been killed because they have hid or they have been trampled over in the mass exodus from the Martians. The soldiers had to fight back at all costs, and many were out nights trying to defeat the Martians. "Under a bridge I found a group of soldiers ready for battle." (23) "During the night the Martians had been surrounded by Military troops and that heavy artillery was expected." (22) The weaponry that the humans had was not effective against the Martians. Many soldiers had plans to kill the Martians but the only option that may work was to "sneak up on them and begin...
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...e drivers because he chose not to move out of the way." (76) When the families did decide to flee, the husbands, at a later date returned to gather more possessions only to find the wreckage of buildings and dead bodies. They were thankful, I am sure that they left when they did.
When the fighting finally ended "many wives returned home to find their husbands dead in a corner" (117) because of the lack of food or water or they were shot by someone trying to find food and shelter. Family members did not know of the death of their loved ones until the war was over. Unfortunately many humans had to suffer with the losses and some could not live with that and they ended their lives by their own hand. Many people homes were destroyed, and their possessions were lost forever. Most people were happy enough, just to have survived.
As always humans fear the unknown, and what we can not control. Although the humans fought valiantly, they did not win the war. Many humans had survived the war only because they stayed hidden until the threat had passed. In this case it was the Martians that were killed by the naturally occurring red weed that was growing on a mountain.
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