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The Star by H.G. Wells

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According to Martian astronomers, the Earth’ s survival was a real miracle “ despite the huge havoc that has been brought to its surface” (Wells). The star did much hard to the planet and the humanity: Extensive areas of Greenland lost its ice cover and turned green and favorable for inhabiting, the Earth’ s climate has greatly changed and now people have to settle close to poles where it is much warmer than in other regions. The author underlines that these significant and terrible changes which caused millions of deaths all around the world, were just a small and minor event for the Universe where thousands of planets and stars perish every day “ Which only shows how small the vastest of human catastrophes may seem, at a distance of a few million miles” (Wells).

Another strong idea placed in the center of this story is non-divine nature of the universe in general and our planet in particular. The author vividly shows that all the events occurring in the world whether it is the death of a civilization or some minor accidents can be scientifically grounded and explained, and which is more, they can be predicted based on bold calculations and analysis.

That is why looking at the huge star the mathematician thinks: "You may kill me. But I can hold you and all the universe for that matter-in the grip of this little brain” (Wells). Herbert Wells’ short story is atheistic by its nature. While religious gives people the ready-made scheme of the world and ready-made sense of life saying that everything is created and wisely provided by the God, the science denies this approach.

There is nothing ready-made in the world everything depends on people. The science puts the responsibility on every individual – it is he or she who is responsible for own life. And with this message Wells says that we must live our lives in such a way so that in the event the Earth and the humanity perish no one in the whole Universe could say that “ Man has lived in vain. ”

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