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In The War of the Worlds HG Wells uses the artillerymans plan to illustrate the conflict between the arrogance the British possess and the knowledge that Great Britain has Because the artilleryman does not have the same arrogance as the British upper class citizens he accepts that the aliens are capable of dominating over the humans He also believes that by acquiring more knowledge humans will be able to overthrow the alien reign By showing that the British maintain an arrogant ideology proving knowledge is the key to retaining humanity and showing how arrogance renders knowledge useless Wells points out that the arrogance of the British impedes their nation against the Martian invaders and in real life Initially Wells uses the soldiers perspective of humanity to show how arrogance can be a hindrance The soldier who does not maintain the British upper class perspective says that a human being is capable of degenerating into a sort of big savage rat 158 Since the narrator does maintain the upper class view he can find nothing to bring against the soldiers reasoning 157 because the concept of humanity reverting back to being another species of animal never occurred to him Furthermore since the artilleryman considered the possibility of humanity regressing back into an animal form he also thought of a solution unlike the educated philosopher By contrasting the two characters Wells illustrates how arrogance and overlooking obvious possibilities can encumber an empire Also Wells provides evidence that the faith the upper class British show in their monarch may lead to their downfall Wells shows that the narrator would be less likely to survive than the artilleryman because the less educated solider accepts that the British Empire may fall he may be able to survive in a world dominated by aliens For example since he accepts that humans are inferior to the aliens he formulates a situation that the narrator scarcely realizes 154 The developing pessimistic future enables
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