American Indians and Aliens
As I read these chapters, I was reminded of American Indians. My mind sometimes frustrates me as it makes connections that hardly seem logical. However, I read the chapters on Martians and thought of American Indians. Let’s get something perfectly clear, history shows us that no one has ever invaded anywhere on a peaceful mission. The colonists did not discover America, it had already been discovered, they invaded it. It had to have appeared to the American Indians that these were aliens; with their light hair, fair skin, and guns. It must have been just as terrifying to them as the book describes the terror our narrator feels. Stephen Hawking once said, “The extraterrestrials would probably be far in advance of us. The history of advanced races meeting more primitive people on this planet is not very happy, and they were the same species. I think we should keep our heads low.” How can you possibly argue with Stephen Hawking? This brilliant man knows that if aliens were to arrive, it will not be for innocent cooperation. No, history shows us that it simply will not happen.
There is no doubt to this reader why Wells has been loved for so long. He’s brilliant at descriptive writing, with clear imagination. You can see the flames, the lightning, and the Martians. What I love, though, is how well he knew basic human nature. The way the crowd gathered around, the way the neighbors were talking, and even the flight of terror of the onlookers. I like how Wells describes the emotional turmoil of the narrator. It is absolutely spot on. Especially as he describes the disconnect and confusion associated with shock. There are hundreds of similar stories from September 11th. People were ending up miles away from the towers and had no clue how they had gotten there. One man walked all the way home to New Jersey and was only aware of his actions when he saw his wife. It’s just a thoroughly haunting narrative. Yes, this lover of Jane Austen is starting to dig this alien book!
Challenge Chapters – 11-14