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A psychoanalytic examination of The Time Machine

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11th May 07 Emma Lawson 10KE "is it all only a dream?" A psychoanalytic examination of The Time Machine After the Time Traveller has finished telling his story to his friends, he asks the question "is it all only a dream?", The Time Traveller senses that they do not believe him after responding with negative reactions, "The Editor stood up with a sigh. 'What a pity it is you're not a writer of stories!" This causes him to start questioning his own story, "Did I ever make a Time Machine, or a model of a Time Machine?" He claims that his memory can't cope with having so much in it, "This room and you and the atmosphere of everyday is too much for my memory." ...read more.

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Freud theorised that our unconscious desires, which he thought were mainly sexual, come through in our dreams. He called this The Interpretation of Dreams and suggested that in dreams, objects represent other meanings - these are known as Freudian Symbols. Freud's theory may have been known to HG Wells. Carl Gustav Jung lived from 1875-1961. Jung began as a disciple of Freud but later their theories differed. Jung believed that the psyche contained two related figures: the ego and the shadow. The ego is your sense of purpose and identity, your conscious mind. The shadow is your "dark side", characterised by animal qualities which the ego wishes to hide from others. ...read more.

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In The Time Machine, HG Wells attempts to understand what will become of human beings in the distant future. By making the central character of his story the Time Traveller, Wells is able to explore many themes that obsessed him, including class inequality, evolution and the relationship between science and society. These views are often expressed by the Time Traveller, suggesting that he could be a mouthpiece for HG Wells; perhaps this is the reason for the Time Traveller never being named throughout the novel. In describing the future world of the exhausted Eloi and the cannibalistic Morlocks and the world beyond in which all human life is non-existent, Wells illustrates what he believes may be the fate of humanity. ...read more.

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