The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

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In The War of the Worlds, how does Wells draw parallels between the Martians' treatment of Earth and Britain's treatment of its colonies? 

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At the time H.G. Wells wrote The War of the Worlds, the British Empire was at the height of its powers, having conquered and colonized many countries across the globe. Although there had been several novels about an invasion of Great Britain by a foreign enemy, Wells was the first author to imagine the conquest of humanity by a force totally superior to the military giants of his day. In the novel he draws direct parallels between the Martians' treatment of humans and the way in which the Empire suppressed the natives of Tasmania. In some ways the Martians are more sympathetic than the empire builders in Britain, since their invasion of Earth is driven not by a desire to conquer, but by the need to find a new world since Mars is dying.

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Wells makes the parallels between the Martians and human colonists quite explicit at the very start of the novel, when in the middle of a cool scientific exposition on the Martians he inserts the following scathing observation:

And before we judge of them too...

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