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The characterisation of the Time Traveller In a book saturated with many ideas it may seem strange to focus on the narrative device. However I believe that there may be more depth to the Time Traveller than just a story teller due to the outbursts of surprising language amongst the text along with his interesting relationship with Weena. Whether this protagonist is indeed an interesting character in his own right is what I shall explore in this essay. The enigma behind the Time Traveller's identity could suggest that he is indeed a narrative contrivance. However to me this ambiguity to me does not hinder his position as the protagonist of the Time Machine as it adds mystery to his character. For example, a superhero always keeps the identity of his alter ego a secret but does this mean that he is not a character in his own right? The inspector in An Inspector Calls (a play written in the same era by J.B. Priestley) remained an anonymous intruder, but he still manipulated the actions and thought processes of the other characters around him thus (along with his title in the heading) ...read more.


I believe that this relationship would therefore not have occurred if the Time Traveller was purely a narrative device. His reaction towards her makes him a far more humane and interesting character as he shows empathy and warmth which goes beyond the descriptions usually given by a narrator. Much of the description in the Time Machine is very methodical, and is written in lists of events and actions with little emotive language. Yet often this is contrasted by sudden and unusually placed words and phrases. For example; "And at last in one of the really airtight cases, I found a box of matches. Very eagerly I tried them. They were perfectly good. They were not even damp. I turned to Weena "Dance,"..." This unexpected command portrays a more irrational and therefore human side to the Time Traveller which I believe would not have been conveyed if the Time Traveller was merely a narrative device. The spontaneity of the command shows him to be caught up in the excitement of his discovery. A narrator however would give a completely dispassionate response. ...read more.


.He speaks of the Morlocks (the lower class) who have been pushed underground and out of the sunlight at the Eloi's hand. Wells' description of these events in the remote future was not totally fabricated as servants' sleeping in the basements of grand houses was a widely accepted and practised custom. However the use of a character to preach a political belief does not turn him into a narrative device. J.B. Priestley (author of An Inspector Calls) also conveyed his political ideas through the actions of the Inspector, but as I have earlier discussed the Inspector is still indeed the protagonist. The Time Traveller (unlike the Inspector) does not seem to influence the other characters in the Time Machine significantly. He doesn't play the heroic and almost clich�d part most leading roles seem to play by saving Weena and the Eloi from destruction. Nevertheless, I believe that the Time Traveller's abnormal and eccentric character adds significance to his role in the Time Machine. This along with the surprising language details and his relationship with Weena goes above and beyond what is considered to be normal for a narrative piece. Therefore, in conclusion, I believe that the Time Traveller to be rightfully the protagonist in this novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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