• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Going to analyse H.G wells novel 'The Time Machine. I shall be focusing on chapter 12 of the play and explaining how this chapter is the climax of the narrative

Extracts from this document...


Prose study -The Time Machine by H.G wells. As part of my English literature coursework, I am going to analyse H.G wells novel 'The Time Machine. I shall be focusing on chapter 12 of the play and explaining how this chapter is the climax of the narrative. I will also be considering how Wells creates suspense. Herbert George Wells was born on 21st November 1866 in Bromley, Kent. His father, a shopkeeper and cricketer and his mother a housekeeper. However Wells developed a love for literature at a very young age and used to study books in the library secretly. Wells obtained a scholarship and studied biology at the normal school of science. He left however without a degree and in 1891 married his cousin Isabel. From 1893, Wells became a full time writer. Wells was a novelist, journalist, sociologist and historian but is best known for works such as 'The invisible man', 'war of the worlds' and in 1895, 'the time machine'. The time machine is basically about the English class division of his time as well as a warning that human progress is not inevitable. The novel is set in the time it was written, as H.G Wells wrote this story to demonstrate the social issues of his time. The story is narrated by Hillyer who is present at the time travellers' home along with several of the time traveller's friends. ...read more.


The time traveller first thought these were nocturnal animals but later finds out the truth. With his first encounter with a morlocks, the time traveller describes it as "a queer little ape-like figure, its head held down in a peculiar manner." He further describes the morlocks, "...dull white, and had strange large greyish eyes". The morlocks also had flaxen hair on their head and their backs which is why the time traveller later says "it was so like a human spider!" they also appeared to hold their forearms very low which made them look as if they were walking on all fours. With this brief encounter with the morlocks, the time traveller instantly begins to think up of a theory as to what these species were. At first, he thought they were some kind of nocturnal animals, as they possessed all the characteristics of one (used to the dark, large eyes). Except later he accepts that the morlocks like the Eloi, are human. After this does the truth dawn onto him that future human had divided into two species and that the morlocks were the people of the year 802,701 that lived underground. The upper class of Well's time had if any, very limited respect for the labourers class. And due to this class division, the time traveller presumes that the morlocks are the direct descendants of the labourers of the 19th century. ...read more.


He is trying to say that the capitalists of his time are like the morlocks. The capitalists are perhaps like scavengers, hungry for the flesh of labourers. He is also presenting his opinion on the unequal division of the classes. Like the morlocks and the Eloi, the capitalists and the labourers are two different species. The Eloi can once be compared to the 19th century capitalists, that they too enjoy the riches of the upper world. But in fact the situation is quite the opposite. The morlocks only let the Eloi live so that they can later eat them. Similarly, in Wells opinion, the capitalists only let the labourers live so that they can get work out of them. Wells message is simple; this extreme class division should end. An audience of the 21st century would react differently to the audience of the 19th century regarding the story. This is because now, the industrial revolution has almost entirely disappeared, resulting in hardly any labourers. Even so, these few labourers are treated with dignity and with respect, unlike in the time of H.G Wells. Another reason would be that the class divisions of the modern day are not so extreme as they were before. This novel is once again extremely well written and the moral is easily understood. However, in my opinion, this novel is aimed at an older audience rather than a teenage one. This is due to the language and grammar used in the book. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE H.G. Wells section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE H.G. Wells essays

  1. Compare and contrast the character and lifestyle of the Eloi and the Morlocks and ...

    This "cavern" was in "utter darkness." The Time Traveller concludes the reason why the Eloi and the Morlocks split into two species was due to social divisions of the past. He feels that the rich and poor societies have become increasingly divided. "... the exclusive tendency of richer people- due to doubt, to the increasing refinement of their education."

  2. The story the man who could work miracles by H.G. Wells is a powerful ...

    really he shouldn't have but should have mentioned only God and Jesus can perform miracles. The story also comes across as being slightly blasphemous, it takes the lords name in vain, which is a sin, going against one of the 10 commandments.

  1. The Time Machine

    The reader is worried and tension is built again as we don't know what's under the tunnels and the Morlocks could be extremely dangerous. As the 'Time Traveller' goes into the tunnels and comes across the Morlocks he notices that they are afraid of light and he manages to keep them away from him by lighting matches.

  2. What is H.G Wells trying to tell the readers about humanityIn his novel 'The ...

    The time traveller begins to notice little things about these small people, how they are dressed. He describes their clothes as 'Clad in purple tunic, girdled at the waist with a leather belt. Sandals or buskins'. Wells describes them as this to imply that they are upper class people.

  1. Show how H.G. Wells presents the theme of loneliness and its effects upon one ...

    Wells presents the theme of loneliness by character dialogue and the behaviour of the villagers on Griffin. Griffins' ambition is to break free of what are undoubtedly material causes of his social isolation, particularly albinism and poverty. All these things point to his loneliness.

  2. What is H.G. Wells trying to achieve with his novel the Time Machine? What ...

    He does appear to be versed in the theories of his day. He does not reveal his name, but uses a creative and descriptive way to comment on his personality and appearance. Wells is aiming to make the time traveller a slightly mysterious character.

  1. The Time Machine

    you live your life as people have become more accepting of others and we live in a more diverse community, were the distinction between classes is much more subtle.

  2. The novel The Time Machine was published in 1895, at the height of the ...

    Today the law tells us that everyone has minimum working hours + payment, but in the Victorian times, this was different because they use to get treated unfairly. In the Victorian times, if an individual had 'leisure', this meant that they were rich and were classed as the upper class.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work