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A study of H G wells' futuristic world of 802,000 that he creates in his novel 'The Time Machine'.

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A study of H G wells' futuristic world of 802,000 that he creates in his novel 'The Time Machine'. H G wells was born in London in 1866 and died in 1946. He was an English novelist and a social commentator and a dreamer obsessed with travelling through time. The first famous science fiction book that H G wells wrote was 'The Time Traveller'. In the book, the Time Traveller builds himself a time machine and, much to his surprise, travels over 800,000 years into the future. The world has been transformed with people living in a perfect society but as the Traveller stays in this world of the future he discovers a hidden horrible and ugly subterranean class. H G wells realised that all around him the working class were being treated badly. They worked long hours, for bad wages that couldn't even pay for food. They lived in appalling housing conditions. In contrast, the wealthy people, who didn't work lived a life of pleasure and ease. These people had lots of servants, good houses and lots of food and drink. Wells thought that if the two classes were treated the same; the world would be a better place. H G Wells also believed that in the future, the world will be overwhelmed by new inventions and improvements in Science and Technology, which would improve and benefit the present world. ...read more.

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To the Time Traveller the Eloi seemed to have made a perfect world for them selves but there was one problem the Morlocks! When the Time Traveller met the graceful Eloi he was unaware that there was another race in this new time that he has discovered. When the Time Traveller came across this other race of creatures the Morlocks for the first time he was sleeping and got woke up. He found a few of these white bleached looking creatures scuttling about carrying a dark small thing that the Time Traveller later realised that it was an Eloi. The Morlocks are only seen in the dark and their large, bright eyes are sensitive to light. This is because they can see better in the dark and when there in their large underground homes and factories. The Time Traveller takes their large sensitive eyes for granted and uses matches to scare them away when they are near. 'I was assured of their absolute helplessness and misery in the glare, and I struck no more of them' The Morlocks were blinded when the Time Traveller set alight to the forest and he realised that their sensitive eyes were their only weak point. The Morlocks have degenerated into a sub-human race because of there ancestors the lower class people. ...read more.

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'I seemed just to nod and open my eyes. But all was dark, and the Morlocks had their hands upon me.' When HG wells was describing the Eloi and the Morlocks he used different types of words and phrases for each of them. When describing the Eloi's he uses words that are good to describe the pleasant and harmless creatures. 'I saw some further peculiarities in their Dresden-china type prettiness.' However when Wells was describing the Morlocks his language and choice of describing words suddenly changed. He described the Morlocks as if they were they scum of the earth! 'Living, as they did, in what appeared to me impenetrable darkness, their eyes were abnormally large and sensitive, just as are pupils of the abysmal fishes, and they reflected the light in the same way.' I think hat HG Wells evolved the Eloi and the Morlocks from the worst features of man and our behaviour. Clearly Wells' purpose is to give a horrifying warning that without major social reform, there will be little future for humanity and what we do now is of vital importance to the future of our world. He also suggests that with such reform, the bleak future may be replaced with something far more desirable. To me he gives a good view of what life could be like in 802,000 and what life could be like if the world of today does not change. ...read more.

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