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War of the Worlds notes

War of the Worlds notes - Film as Literature ENGL 4640 War...

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Film as Literature 1/30/12 ENGL 4640 War of the Worlds When made into a film, it was transposed as a news cast which caused panic Ideas of estrangement: science fiction allows us to see our society in a strange way Wells created a “dethronement of humanity” This time period was fraught with the impact of Charles Darwin, nasty variants of social Darwinism Social Darwinism allowed British empire to extend across a huge portion of the world No certain explanations, no truths, just speculations of the hero Certainty of empire and science is threatened. Victorian hero is watching everything that the empire built completely collapse Society is completely falling apart These premises set the stage for all the books and movies that came after it Having martians come down, attack, and take the resources of the planet plays off of the themes of colonization From perspective of the colonized
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