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The War of the Worlds

by H. G. Wells

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From what point of view is The War of the Worlds told?

The War of the Worlds is told from a first-person point of view by an unnamed narrator. The narrator, however, remains largely objective and even speaks in depth of the experiences of other characters.

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The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells is told from the first-person point of view. The narrator, who remains unnamed throughout the story, lives in Woking with his wife and writes philosophical papers. He relates his experiences when the Martians invade earth, yet he does so in a rather bland, mostly unemotional way. Indeed, he does become upset, shocked, and horrified at what he sees before him, but he also expresses his experiences in a mostly objective fashion.

This is actually a rather unusual choice for a first-person narrative. Most tales from this perspective focus much more on the narrator's feelings and allow readers to better identify with the storyteller. In The War of the Worlds, the audience does not identify as well with the narrator, even though they may be fascinated by his story.

Wells also makes his first-person narrator unusual in that he speaks of experiences that do not happen to him personally. He relates, for example, the experiences of his brother and even explains his brother's thoughts and feelings. In this, he actually acts more like a third-person narrator, even though he still speaks in the first person.

The author, then, plays with the first-person point of view, using it to draw his readers into the story and show them what happens from an insider's perspective while allowing his narrator to maintain an objective stance and even relate the experiences of others.

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