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by H. G. Wells

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Who are the main characters of The War of the Worlds?

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As befits a book about a Martian invasion, The War of the Worlds has a big list of characters, but the main characters are the unnamed narrator, the Martians, the narrator's brother, the artillery man, the curate, and Ogilvy.

The novel starts with the narrator, a writer of philosophical texts, explaining that planets such as Mars have been scrutinizing human behavior for years and insisting we don't judge them too harshly.

We must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished bison and the dodo, but upon its inferior races.

He continues to explain how the Martians came to power and what life is like under their reign, describing the Martians as follows:

The peculiar V-shaped mouth with its pointed upper lip, the absence of brow ridges, the absence of a chin beneath the wedgelike lower lip, the incessant quivering of this mouth, the Gorgon groups of tentacles, the tumultuous breathing of the lungs in a strange atmosphere ,...

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There are a few characters within H.G. Well's The War of the Worlds. The focus is on the narrator, who is never named, and who travels through London during an invasion by Martians. He meets up with his wife and The Artilleryman. During their escape out of London, they meet up with his brother.

Later on, as their attempt fails, the narrator is trapped with an insane Curate (a clergyman) who is convinced the martians are a satanic manifestation.

These are the main characters of the novel The War of the Worlds.