How has John Wyndham attempted to surprise and engage the audience?
The Meteor is a science-fiction short story, written by John Wyndham. The story has a post apocalyptic context due to the nuclear bombs that were being created- it was the first time that man could picture itself destroying the world. The story starts of when a round “meteor” lands in the orchard of Mr. Fontain’s house. The rounded like object is thought to be a meteor due to its appearance until a sizzling sound is heard. When Mr. Fontain examines it more closely he curiously faints, creating a mysterious atmosphere. Extracts from the Onns journal then reveals that aliens who are in a discovery trip to earth happen to live inside the Globe. The story evolves based on the relationship of aliens and the human race, how each culture interacts with the other one, their similarities and differences. The short story contains innumerous features such as the language and the characterizations the author used for the aliens that make it engage and surprise the audience and on this essay I will analyze and evaluate them fully.
The powerful descriptive vocabulary used on the short story was certainly a device that contributed immensely on captivating the audience in many ways. I will start of by saying that Wyndham wrote the story from two different narrative perspectives; the one written in 3rd person is viewed from the human perspectives and the other one written in 1st person in a journal format is viewed from the aliens’ perspectives. The journal written in 1st person allows us to associate them with human beings (us) in several ways. A lot of figurative language can be seen throughout the story and these includes metaphors, similes, alliteration and onomatopoeia” It shines like a blue pearl”, is an example of a simile thus creating an unforgettable image in the minds of the audience, “rattled and crash” are examples of onomatopoeia and “Just in time to drown the noise of the breaking glass” is an example of one of the metaphor found in the text.
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The author challenges our preconceptions by subverting the invasion of aliens that people are normally accustomed to now a day together with the alien’s personality and way of being, and this consequently generates reflection and discussion that unquestionably interests the audience. The alien invasion that we are used to, influenced by the TV and films -The war of the Worlds as an example, is the one where the aliens want to take over earth by exterminating the human race in a very brutal and violent way but the one presented in the short story is completely the opposite, is not an invasion but simply a desire that the aliens have to share cultures and explore a new habitat in which they can live at. “You have the history, the culture, the civilization of a planet. Use it. Use it well. Give it to others where it will help. Be willing to learn from others, and improve it you can.” This proves that the personality of the aliens is very different from the typical one (which is very mean) and this amazes the audience, like anything that follows a normal pattern.
The characterization of the aliens allowed us to emphasize with them. The audience was also induced to feel sorry for them because the aliens describe that world as being composed of more than 2/3 of water meaning that water supply and irrigation would not be a problem for them but this is a dramatic irony for us, as we are well aware that water is becoming scarce and that the world is made up of saline water, which would be of no use for them, “Much of the part I saw was covered with water-more than two-thirds (…) It will be good to be in a place where irrigation and water supply are not one of the main problems of life.” To conclude I should say the author makes the aliens overly similar to us by firstly sharing a human belief in the divine God, by using weapons (the fire rods) and sharing similar thought. If they were ‘too’ aliens we would never care/feel for them
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