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"Is it fair to say that, in the Time Machine, Wells presents a hopeless outlook for Victorian society?"

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Ben Plummer "Is it fair to say that, in the Time Machine, Wells presents a hopeless outlook for Victorian society?" In the 'Time Machine', H G Wells writes about what he depicts the future to be like. He explains in great detail his views of evolution and Dystopia. The world he has travelled to could for all he knows be another planet. It is the definition of a Dystopia, with to opposite species living against each other, one calm and peaceful whilst the other is out to destroy the calm species, needing to kill them to live. Wells writes about a future where technology has advanced so much that people become lazy causing technology to go back on itself. In the first two chapters of the novel, Wells depicts the Victorian age as a highly civilised society. This is noticeable very early on by the professions of the guests, (Psychologist, Medical Man and Provincial Mayor.) All of these professions are skills which take a very high standard of learning. The language is another way, the narrator especially uses long, complex words such as " expounding" and "instantaneous." ...read more.


These descriptions show it is in a way peaceful, but different. The people he meets seem to have "a certain lack of interest" In the Time Traveller, which could mean they are not alarmed by him as they have never come across anything of any danger during the day time, maybe they feel he is of no harm as he is not attacking during the night. At first sight the Time traveller notices huge impressive buildings built with great detail, but on further inspection, the generations they have been through seemed to given up on looking after them. This could suggest that there is something stopping the creatures from looking after them, maybe something more important or worrying? The Time Traveller may find this odd, as during his era history and inventions are very important. The disturbing part of Wells dystopian tale is the gradual revelation of the subterranean morlocks and their practice of cannibalism. Wells creates a dark image of the Morlocks. He does not want the reader to feel emotional towards them. "The Morlocks...were carnivorous," so clearly they are much more vicious than the Eloi, as they only eat flowers. ...read more.


Many of the rocks around the Time Traveller have changed state and colour. 'Far away up the desolate slope I heard a harsh scream, and saw a thing like a huge white butterfly', the language that Wells uses in this chapter creates a horrible image, putting off anyone form any era about the future, possibly making the reader think how can people treat the world in such a way that it can turn out like this. In the epilogue it shows signs that there can be a good future for mankind no matter what the Time Traveller had discovered. The narrator says 'The future is still black and blank' possibly meaning that no one really knows how the future will turn out or whether things that the Victorians invented would still be used in the future, this could also mean that our actions are so unpredictable that we could change the way of the future very easily. Overall I do think that Wells presents a hopeless outlook for Victorian Society because he is suggesting that over such a long period of time everything that the Victorians have done for society would be forgotten and slowly people will change their views on inventions and just act the same until people revolt. ...read more.

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