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In 1894 H. G. Wells published 'The Time Machine.'

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H. G. Wells -The Time Machine In 1894 H. G. Wells published 'The Time Machine.' At this time there were many scientific discoveries for example Marconi's radio transmission, the London underground etc. Fictional television programmes have used time travelling as a key story line such as 'Stargate SG1', 'Startrek' and 'Back to the Future'. As the story was written over one hundred years ago, Wells manages to present ideas of his time such as scientific advances. We must also bear in mind that the London underground was being constructed. Maybe that was where Wells got the idea for the "undergrounders" (pg. 63). As no one but the workers had seen the underground it must have felt like a secret. "boldly penetrating these mysteries of the underworld." (pg. 66) Darwin's Theory of evolution was brought into the narrative of the story. Without Darwinism the two main species (Elois and Morlocks) would not exist and without them the story would not be the same. Wells brings his own theory into the book. He believed that human beings would become degenerate. The difference between the two is that Darwinism is the theory of the evolution of species by natural selection. ...read more.

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The Elois and Morlocks could be the personification of good and evil. "Sympathetic influence of Eloi, whose disgust of the Morlocks I now began to appreciate" (pg. 65). We must remember that the Elois are vegetarians; friendly to animals, the Morlocks are cannibals; savage beasts who feast on each other. Over the thousands of years between now and the year 802,701 the 'social conditions have created biological changes'. This means that due to the people we communicate with, we place ourselves in different groups. These groups slowly form together which evolve to what our descendants will be placed in, in generations to come. H. G. Wells uses scientific names of people, objects, and places, which makes the story more believable. If throughout the story Wells had been vague in descriptions it would be a lot more difficult to make the audience - in the book - believe that the story was fictional. At the beginning of the story we meet the time traveller in what is described as a house. The mayor, the medical man, the psychologist, Filby, the editor and a reporter were in the "Dining area" waiting for the arrival of the Time Traveller. ...read more.

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Wells makes the audience in the book seems conceited probably so we pity him, this lures us into a trap. Another way of making the readers believe the story. This book is so overwhelming it is difficult, even if it was genuine, to believe. I enjoyed the book as it intrigued me, wanting to find out what happened between the time traveller and "Weena". I found it interesting how a fictional book can portray a non-fictional book with such positive results. I'm obviously not the only person to relish in the book because of all the popular television shows and films about time travelling that are around now. The best part of the book had to be the climax. Pretending these species would be my family in 800,700 years time, wondering what their lifestyles would be? Whether they would be Elois or Morlocks? All this made me want to read on. I felt the book lost its touch when he travelled into time again and saw the Elois as butterflies and Morlock's as crabs. The story started becoming less realistic. Everything I had previously dreamt of became extinct. The cliff hanger at the end disappointed me as I wanted to know what would happen to the time traveller when he returned to the year 802,701. 4 1 ...read more.

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