H. G. Wells World Literature Analysis
In all of his work, Wells prided himself on his opposition to the status quo. He became attracted to people of science because they proved to be the most capable of thinking beyond their times, of imagining other ages and forms of society. He delighted in twitting the stolid attitudes of the late Victorians and Edwardians, showing a London laid waste by a Martian invasion, a populace agog at the machinations of an invisible man, and a community outraged by the heroine’s seduction of an older man in Ann Veronica: A Modern Love Story(1909), a book that hardly concealed the fact that it was based on his scandalous liaison with Amber Reeves.
Powerfully influenced by the ideas of Darwin—as they had been interpreted and disseminated by Wells’s teacher, T. H. Huxley—Wells sought to show the direction in which history was headed. He clearly foresaw that feminism would triumph, in the sense that women would eventually enjoy an equal relationship with men. He anticipated the world of atomic weapons and the mass destruction of cities, of total war that would respect no enclaves of humanity. He was, in many respects, a pessimist, and yet he continued to hope that somehow humanity would see its folly before it was too late.
Through his imagination and reason, Wells indefatigably created fiction and philosophical treatises aimed at stimulating and teaching the world to think ahead. The planet itself, he believed, was threatened—perhaps by...
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