The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Synopsis The film begins with a voice Sir Cedric Hardwicke telling the audience that greedy eyes are watching the blue planet.
He then takes his wife to Leatherhead to save her from the Martians. In his own attempts to escape them, he makes his way through a number of towns including Weybridge and Shepperton the scene of a Martian attackSheen where the fifth cylinder landed, burying the house with the narrator and curateand Putney Hill the location of the artilleryman.
London is also an important place in the book. As the Martians move from place to place, the imagery changes drastically.
In the beginning, the Earth looks as one would expect; in the end, dead and dying people are in the roads, buildings lay in ruins, and black dust and red weeds cover everything. He survives a number of close calls but lives past the end of the invasion. With the exception of a few days insanity after finding the dead Martians, the narrator is a character with a strong grip on reality, though his reality becomes one he never thought possible.
With determination, good judgment, and a will to live, he comes out of the ordeal in a much better state than many others. Martians A species that has developed great mental, and along with it, technical abilities in order to escape their planet, which is rapidly becoming uninhabitable.
Physically, they resemble an octopus, with their many tentacles and a head that stands without a body, and they feed by injecting the blood from a live organism into themselves.
They show no signs of mercy when they arrive on Earth, their intent being conquest rather than compromise.
They also show signs of recent awareness of microorganisms, and are killed by an earthly bacteria. When they set off the next day, the artilleryman demonstrates a great sense of logic and caution, insisting on taking provisions and taking care to avoid the third cylinder.
He joins back up with the military and is not heard from again until the narrator encounters him on Putney Hill. There it is clear that he has undergone quite a mental change. The former artilleryman has formed big, unrealistic plans while becoming content to drink and play games. The narrator leaves him shortly and his eventual fate is unknown.
Curate The representative of religion, who is not shown in a very positive light. He becomes extremely distraught and senseless after seeing the destruction of his church and all of Weybridge.
He is unwilling to part with the narrator, though their two personalities are completely incompatible. When they become trapped in the house together, the curate does not heed the need to ration or keep quiet.
Brother A medical student whose tale is related by the narrator in order to show what went on in London. After fleeing London among the crowds in the early morning hours, he meets up with the wife and sister of George Elphinstone and travels with them.
Like the narrator, he is also logical with good sense, as he demonstrates throughout their trip particularly when he attempts to stop the man who will be killed picking up money to the Thames to secure passage out of Britain.
He misses and thinks of her a lot, and his plans center around tracking her down. Both, having had the same desire to return home, however hopeless, they are reunited in the end.
Ogilvy The astronomer who is one of the few to take an interest in the Martians from the start. He sets off to find the fallen star which was actually the first cylinder, but he is slow to accept thisand when he does, he tells Henderson, starting the spread of news.
He is among the group of men attempting to uncover the cylinder and shortly afterward, a member of the failed and burned Deputation. He goes with him to see and sends out the news when he returns.
He also participates in the excavation efforts and the Deputation. Landlord He is in a similar situation to the wife, in that he is not really a developed character but affects the plot through his affect on the narrator.
He lends the narrator his dog cart since he fails to understand the magnitude of the Martian threat. The wife is passive and her thoughts concern the fate of her husband almost exclusively. The sister is much more up to the situation, from coming back with a revolver to scare off the men to persuading her sister-in-law to get on the steamer.In presenting humanity as vastly inferior to the Martians, The War of the Worlds becomes, at one level, an extended meditation on Darwin’s ideas.
The Martians’ motive for invading is their failure to adapt to the changing circumstances of their home world. Chapter Summary for H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, book 1 chapter 5 summary.
Find a summary of this and each chapter of The War of the Worlds! Notes. If the title wasn’t enough, the opening chapter certainly indicates an approaching war. The idea of Mars as the “star of war” throughout history and the likening of the launchings to the firing of a gun both bring out the idea of an invasion from Mars.
Readers of The War of the Worlds will note while many secondary characters (some of whom actually appear in the novel and others who exist only as names mentioned in passing) receive names (e.g., Ogilvy; Carver), the key characters go unnamed, perhaps reflecting their status as “everymen” characters in whom Wells invites his readers to see something of themselves—for good or for ill.
Analysis and discussion of characters in H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. The War of the Worlds reflects some of Wells's social concerns, The narrator is the main character, however the. The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells, He discovers the Martians have assembled towering three-legged "fighting-machines" (tripods), it is revealed that the main characters will visit a world called "Martian Protectorate" where the events of The War of the Worlds are occurring.