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Discuss well's visions of the future H.G. Wells lived at the turn of the century

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Discuss well's visions of the future H.G. Wells lived at the turn of the century. During this time, there was a huge gulf between the rich and poor. "The Time Traveller's" socialist tone highlights the injustices of the British class system. Well's protagonist, imagines the future to consist of a perfect society, where everyone is equal and technology is extremely advanced. This view is based on mankind's continual advances during his lifetime, so he assumes we will continue to advance in the future. "The Time Traveller" reflects H.G Well's opinions about mankind, and acts as a warning for what could happen in the future if society does not embrace equality and humanity. When the Time Traveller arrives in the future, he notices the "little people" which are later known as the "Eloi." They are all extremely alike in appearance. They all wear tunics of the same material, have "the same hairless visage" and the same curly shoulder length hair. ...read more.


The Time Traveller then develops a second theory that the Morlocks were the working class of his age and the Eloi the upper class. This is a complete contrast to his communist theory, it is infact, a form of capitalism. He imagines that the Morlocks came to live underground because the upper class, the Eloi did not want to be socially involved with the lower class. Slowly over time, the lower classes places of work began to develop underground, until there was no need for the workers to go above ground. Like animals, they adapted to their surroundings and developed into the Morlocks. The Time Traveller believes that the Morlocks are the working classes who struggle beneath the more affluent Eloi. This belief seems to be confirmed by the Eloi's appearance. They are above ground and are dressed in rich clothes and never do any work. The Morlocks are a dull white, and have "strange large greyish red eyes; also there was flaxen hair on its head and down it's back". ...read more.


The sea has expanded right up to where he was, this shows that as life came from the sea it has to return to the sea. "Can you return imagine a crab as large as yonder table!" There is still life but absolutely no intelligence, this is the descent back to the sea: there appears to be no life away from the water on the land. The further forward in time he travels, the more obvious life forms decrease, until there is absolutely nothing he can see, this is the final stage of mans descent back to the sea. The Time Traveller has many theories throughout his journey, he wants to believe that the future will be socialist and more technologically advanced but he finds the human race to be in a severe decline. He also realises that the class distinction present in his society has exacerbated and humans have evolved into two separate sub-species. "The Time Traveller" is Well's warning for the future; if society is to continue in its present vein it will eventually self-destruct. ...read more.

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