Speaking of H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds, as many threads here are, many claim Wells meant the novel as a metaphor for imperialism. For example, from Wikipedia:
I’ve read the novel twice, but I just don’t see it. British and European colonialism occurred as lengthy interactions between the natives and the imperialists, and it virtually always hinged on either enslavement, or trade of raw materials. In The War of the Worlds however, there is no interaction with the Martians. No enslavement, no trade, no puppet government, etc., or any of the hallmarks of the colonial relationship.
Can anyone identify anything within the novel itself that would convince me otherwise?