This is the many people running to the stations and literally being pushed back because of the over crowding. Another good piece of imagery to describe the fear would be … ‘people were fighting in the street over a cart’… this just shows you the determination people have to get out of the city as quick as they can, instead of running they are stalling themselves by fighting other people for the carts. A modern reader would relate to these actions if they were in the same position, but I believe they would not fight to get a cart they would just run as fast as they could.
And they would not go to the station as they would know that the station and all of the trains would be packed and you run the risk of being crushed to death. Along the narrators journey he meets many people, but two that stick out are the Curate and the Artilleryman. The narrator meets the Curate at his church, from the off the two were completely parallel the two personalities clashed, and the narrators Science and the curates Religion clashed.
And the curate’s weak mind did not help the situation, within 6 days he had gone insane because of the lack of social order. Eventually the two get stuck in a house together, right next to the Martians. The curate threatens the narrator by … ‘screaming loudly and eating the only food they have’… then he tries to make a break for it, which would completely give away there, position, without thought the narrator hits him with the butt of a knife and left he open for the Martians to kill him.
With the Artilleryman he had an insane plan which was fuelled by the lack out boundaries, he wanted to … ‘sacrifice the weak and live underground’… This shows that social order has left many of the stronger members of society to go crazy with the lack of support and leadership. The modern reader would read these two comparisons and see that social order has completely depleted and left many people without any guidance and completely vulnerable to the situation at hand.
At the beginning of the novel social order is completely intact until the situation gets a whole lot worse, then it’s every man for themselves. This is a clear example of what times were like in those days in the face of a crisis. When a modern reader reads the novel and sees the breakdown in social order they sympathize because of the lack of understanding in science. They would also say where everyone could have improved, but that is only natural.
Overall I think that the story was very good for the time it was written in, the decrease in social order is showed well and the language that is used is very good. But I believe that the story could have improved as it was a bit basic, and maybe would have been a lot better if the story had covered a lot more angles. By James Clarke 10X Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.