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The War of the Worlds | Study Guide

H.G. Wells

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Author

H.G. Wells

Year Published

1897

Type

Novel

Genre

Dystopian, Science Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The War of the Worlds is described by a first-person, unnamed narrator who recalls his own experiences, as well as those of his younger brother, during a Martian invasion of London.

Tense

The War of the Worlds is told in a mix of tenses. The narrator uses past tense to recount his past experiences, as well as those of his brother, and present tense to reflect on his present thoughts on past events.

About the Title

The origins of the title, The War of the Worlds, can be found in the book's epigraph, which is a quotation by astronomer Johannes Kepler found in Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy: "But who shall dwell in these worlds if they be inhabited? ... Are we or they Lords of the World? ... And how are all things made for man?" The title foreshadows the plot of the novel: a conflict between two civilizations, one human and one Martian.

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