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Do you find the first three chapters of The Time Machine and effective opening for this novella?

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The Time Machine H.G Wells Do you find the first three chapters of The Time Machine and effective opening for this novella? The Time Machine is a book by H. G. Wells, first published in 1895. This novella is a mere 38,000 words in length and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and selectively. The beginning of a novel/novella generally creates a foundation for which the story is built upon. Fortunately The Time Machine is no different and in doing this also gives a good perspective of the characters. There are numerous amounts of techniques that create an effective opening and during the course of this essay I will attempt to identify several of these used within the commencement of The Time Machine. He is identified simply as the Time Traveller. Using a model he demonstrates to his friends, who are named only by their professions (other than Fibly,) that time is a fourth dimension, and that a suitable apparatus can move back and forth in this fourth dimension, he completes the building of a large machine capable of carrying himself. ...read more.

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'There are really four dimensions, three which we call the three plains of space, and a fourth, time. There is, however, a tendency to draw an unreal distinction between the former three dimensions and the latter, because it happens that our consciousness moves intermittently in one direction along the latter from the beginning to the end of our lives.' Although reading about this became tedious at times the constant reminder helped to infiltrate my brain and altogether improved my understanding as we continue through the novella. This technique clearly shows that this is and older book. I came to this conclusion because even if the first chapter or so is slightly monotonous and only contains need-to-know information, people would have, due to lack of technology, have had no choice but to persevere. During chapter two Wells uses a dramatic device to raise tension. 'The Time Traveller stood before us. I gave a cry of surprise. "Good heavens man! What's the matter?" cried the Medical Man, who saw him next. ...read more.

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The narrator is clearly the Time Travellers friend and so he immediately believes whatever he says. But we also have the Editor that constantly doubts him, an example of binary opposition. Judging by the list of professions, or names as they happen to be in this novella, it becomes obvious that the Time Traveller is quite an important inventor. There is the Medical Man, Provincial Mayor and the Psychologist; along with Fibly and the Very Young Man. This clearly shows the social status of Time Traveller as being quite a high one. For him to have attracted such a high social ranked audience must mean that the Time Traveller knows what he's talking about! To conclude the first three chapters of The Time Machine definitely make an effective opening for when the novella was originally written. Although possibly not as much for a modern audience. I believe this because the first chapter is solely based on the explanation on the fourth dimension or time as it were. I feel that many people would at this point at least consider not persevering with the book. In spite of that the novella is one that I enjoyed and one that would appeal to any keen book reader. ...read more.

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