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How does H.G. Wells use language in the novel "The Time Machine" to teach us about his vision of the future?

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Pre- 1914 prose GCSE Coursework How does H.G. Wells use language in the novel "The Time Machine" to teach us about his vision of the future? In this essay, I'll be writing about how "The Man Who Invented Tomorrow" uses language in his novel "The Time Machine" to teach us about his incredible vision of the future. My understanding of Science Fiction is that it can be based on anyone, humans, animals etc...it can also be set anywhere, examples are schools, car parks, on the streets, etc... Science Fiction is something that is made up and not real. The key features that tell me this, are the unlogical story plot and the characters, things such as an alien trying to take over the human world, or even a zombie waking from the dead that starts to kill people. A few of the films and TV programs that represent Sci-Fi are: Star Trek, E.T, X- Files, and Star Wars. These examples often deal with people being in a spaceship, lost in space, or even an alien lost on earth. The important connection between H.G Wells and the Science-Fiction genre is that he had accurate visions of the future and he saw many things that were related to Science-Fiction, like, computers, Video Cassette Players etc... When he wrote this book, he made sure he used scientific terms for this particular piece of text, for example, "Scientific people know very well that Time is only a kind of Space. ...read more.

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Wells makes the Upper-World sound like Utopia without any emotions or any mutual feelings between each other. The Time Traveller has very strange but intriguing experiences with the Eloi, he had his first encounter with one female called Weena who was rescued by him when she suddenly got a cramp while swimming and nearly drowned. The reactions of the other Eloi implies that they have grown not to be emotional, intelligent, to have no sense of knowledge in responding to dangerous situations like Weena's one. H.G. Wells describes Morlocks as "human spiders," and makes them sound like big monsters. "It was a dull white, and had strange, large greyish-red eyes...flaxen hair on its head and down its back." He had some dangerous experiences with them as they mistook him for an Eloi and nearly killed him. The human race in this new world has been divided into two species, the Eloi, the Morlocks, the Eloi are these beautiful child-like people, and the Morlocks are big, scary ape-like monsters. This teaches us about society that it has become divided into different classes, it has been done before, and Wells says it will be done again in the future. But in the past and the present, we have been and still are being divided into many different classes such as colour, race, religion, being rich or poor, having disabilities, etc...but Wells' vision contains only two kinds of class in the future, the Upper-Worlders, and the Under-Worlders. ...read more.

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according to Wells' prediction of the future, all this is about to change again in the future, with the Eloi and the Morlocks. Wells' vision of the future has not been quite prophetic to-date because, in a way, it's not very logical, the fact that there will be "Morlocks" in the future, but he does predict happiness in a care-free world which is still possible. He also predicted wars and in reality they took place so he could be seen as being an accurate prophet. People today have social needs and are dependent on such things as money, which might not be a problem in the future as The Time Traveller discovers. The effects of his description of Time Travel makes the readers think what it would be like travelling in the future, he uses powerful adjectives and phrases such as "excessively unpleasant" and "intermittent darknesses", that makes the readers feel as they were travelling into time too. He uses a short amount of text but that is enough to feel the experience of a whole new thing. It feels as if we were there in person, sitting right next to the Time Traveller himself. Therefore, in conclusion, the story of "The Time Machine" is fascinating and very interesting to learn and write about. I would recommend it to an older audience because children will find words difficult to understand as it is ancient and quite sophisticated. Michele Dominique 10 PJ ...read more.

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