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The Country of the Blind
Transcript of The Country of the Blind
Significant Passage in the Short Story
"But he heeded these things no longer, but lay quite still there, smiling as if he were content now merely to have escaped from the valley of the Blind, in which he had thought to be King" (Wells).
This painting depicts the setting in which the story takes place. The valley is described as, "'Had in it all that the heart of man could desire-- sweet water, pasture, an even climate, slopes of rich brown soil with tangles of a shrub that bore an excellent fruit, and on one side great hanging forests of pine that held the avalanches high..." (Wells).
Have you ever judged someone or their actions based on a preconceived idea, later to be proven wrong?
Analysis: Out loud-
If yes, how should you change your judgement in the future?
H.G. Wells was an author of science-fiction works
The Time Machine
The War of the Worlds)
which had a great influence on our vision of the future.
Early Life and Literary Success
Herbert George Wells was born on September 21, 1866 in Bromely, England.
He died on August 13, 1946, in London, England.
At age 7, Wells had an accident that immobilized him for several months. During this time, his interest with literature grew as he began reading many books including some by Washington Irvine and Charles Dickens.
Wells continued to write to what some have considered
, but others say are early examples of science fiction.
The Island of Doctor Moreau
The Invisible Man
The War of the Worlds
Wells wrote many essays, articles and nonfiction books. He served as a book reviewer for the
for several years, during which time he promoted the careers of James Joyce and Joseph Conrad.
Wells also supported socialist ideas. He was a member of
The Fabian Society
, which was a group that sought social reform and believed that the best political system was socialism.
In 1920, H.G. Wells published
The Outline of History
, perhaps his best selling work during his lifetime. This three volume book began with prehistory and followed the world's events up through World War I. Wells believed there would be another major war to follow, and included his ideas for the future.
In 1891, Wells married his cousin, Isabel Mary Wells, but the relationship didn't last long.
Wells soon was exclusive with Amy Catherine "Jane" Robbins (one of his students) and the pair married in 1895 after he officially divorced Isabel. They had two children together, sons George Philip, and Frank.
H.G Wells was a free thinker about sex and sexuality, and he didn't let marriage stop him from having other relationships.
He had numerous affairs and later lived away from Jane.
His amour with Amber Reeves resulted in the birth of their daughter Anna-Jane in 1909. Wells later developed feelings for feminist writer Rebecca West, and they had a son, Anthony, together. Unfortunately, Jane died of cancer in 1927.
This concept is a main idea in the short story. Nunez (the protagonist) once perceives the citizens of
The Country of the Blind
to be inferior to him since he possesses the gift of sight. Later, he discovers that he is an outsider among the village, and his good intentions to explain sight and vision are mistaken as bad ones. The inhabitants then show hostility towards him and believe him to be "diseased." The doctor concludes that his brain is in constant irritation because of his eyes, and doesn't have the ability to think logically.
This description of the valley demonstrates how crucial and vital it is to the villagers. It provides them with everything they need to survive and thrive in their lives.
By: Kaylin Fehrling
Summary of Key Points
Long ago, a valley in Ecuador’s Andes was accessible to everyone, but one day a landslide cut the valley out from the rest of the world.
A settler who visited the valley described it as a virtual utopia, until one day a strange disease made everyone blind.
Since the valley was lost to civilization, it was forgotten for some time. After fifteen generations, the ways of the blind citizens became culture.
One day, a mountain climber leading his mountain climbing group slips and falls part way down the mountain.
He is alive, however and manages to come across
The Country of the Blind
He is proud and confident since he can see and regards them as "less than human" because of it.
He begins to feel like an outsider and they begin to show hostility to him after he tells them about "sight" and "vision".
The later falls in love with Medina-Sarote, the daughter of Yacob who has been assigning him work.
In order to marry her, the doctor orders him to have his eyes removed because his brain is in constant irritation and cannot think clearly.
He consents that night, but when he wakes up he leaves when the citizens are sleeping and he lay there: "under the cold, clear stars" (Wells).