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H. G. Wells

The narrator and his son, Gip, happen upon a magic shop. Through the window of the shop, they see lots of "alluring little objects" such as "magic balls, magic hens, wonderful cones, [and]...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

I think an interesting approach to understanding H.G. Wells’s short story “The Star” (1897) is by paying particularly close attention to its beginning and end. After launching us straight into the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2020 4:52 am UTC

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H. G. Wells

The story opens with three "pursuers" trying to track down a group of escaped slaves. They happen upon an eerie and desolate valley. In fact, one of the riders contemplates for a long time that the...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019 11:33 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

Somewhat foolishly, as it turns out, the narrator decides to spend the night in the eponymous red room, which is located in a big old scary castle. Even those who don't consider themselves...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2020 12:03 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

At the beginning of the story the narrator describes his elderly "custodians" as "crouching and atavistic." He says also that there is, to his mind, "something inhuman in senility." The narrator...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020 4:01 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

"The Stolen Bacillus" is a short satire that focuses on the role of science in human society, making it thematically similar to many of Wells' other works. The story begins with a bacteriologist...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2017 7:32 am UTC

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H. G. Wells

H.G. Wells's "The Stolen Bacillus" is a satirical short story about the potential role of science and scientists in facilitating bio-terrorism. This is done by having a very intelligent...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2015 12:16 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

I think this short story has a couple of themes that are applicable in today's society and culture. The first deals with the science itself. "The Stolen Bacillus" presents readers with a scientist...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019 8:24 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

"The Stolen Bacillus" by H.G. Wells is a satiric short story about the potential dangers posed by the world of science. Satire is using humor or wit as a form of ridicule which exposes flaws or...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2014 7:24 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

There are a number of distinct symbols in H.G. Wells’ short story “The Beautiful Suit” that contribute to its meaning. The most obvious symbol is the “beautiful suit” itself. The mother insists the...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2016 6:54 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

In "The Stolen Bacillus," the "pale-faced man" is an anarchist who gains access to the Bacteriologist's laboratory by means of deception. He does this by forging a "letter of introduction" which...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2016 9:13 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

At the beginning of the story the Anarchist is described repeatedly as "pale-faced," and also as "haggard," which suggests illness, tiredness or lifelessness. Only when he speaks of the deadly...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019 9:18 am UTC

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H. G. Wells

H.G. Wells' short story The Magic Shop tells the story of Gip and his father's strange visit to the eponymous store. Attracted by the items displayed in the window, Gip implores his father to enter...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019 4:24 am UTC

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H. G. Wells

I think one way that the narrator contrasts the Anarchist and the Bacteriologist is by focusing quite a bit on the Anarchist's physical traits. We are told repeatedly that the Anarchist is...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018 12:40 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

The stranger in The Invisible Man is Griffin. Griffin is a scientist who has successfully created an elixir which he uses on himself to become invisible. However, he quickly realizes that being...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2018 8:52 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

One value that is embedded in the work is the idea of making the world a better place. Wells is a Progressive thinker. The construction of a time machine that enables the individual view the...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2013 12:09 am UTC

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H. G. Wells

The most prominent theme in the “The Red Room” is fear. In fact, the narrator’s sole purpose for being at Lorraine Castle is to challenge the reputation of the room that has caused everyone to fear...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020 6:18 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

Satire is a technique used by writers to criticize/ridicule mankind and/or his institutions. Satire specifically uses humor in order to perform the ridicule and point out flaws or faults. The...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2017 10:45 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

"The Stolen Bacillus" belongs to the genre of science fiction and, to understand why, it is useful to look at a relevant definition. According to the University of California, for example, a...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2016 6:38 pm UTC

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It's difficult to understand the question as presently written. If this is an assignment you have been given by a teacher, might it be possible to get the teacher to put the question in writing?...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2011 12:41 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

In "The Stolen Bacillus," the Anarchist is not the victim of a deliberate prank, in the traditional sense. In fact, the Bacteriologist has no idea that his visitor is an anarchist who intends to...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2016 6:41 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

This quote appears in Wells's Secret Places of the Heart. This autobiographical novel features Sir Richmond Hardy, an English gentleman who is having marital problems and traveling the countryside....

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018 3:46 am UTC

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H. G. Wells

A major portion of that story is focused on showing readers that scientists are so absorbed in their work that they don't anticipate its possible missuses. In other words, the story is stating...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2015 3:22 pm UTC

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H. G. Wells

The narrator of H. G. Wells’s “The Red Room” agrees to spend a night alone in a room that has the reputation of being haunted. Because he does not believe in spirits, he intends to prove that the...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020 10:02 pm UTC

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If there is a similarity between the two, it lies in their both living in a kind of rarefied world of their own design, cut off in some way from other people. The bacteriologist is the typical...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018 8:29 pm UTC

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