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"The Time Machine" 'The Time Machine' was written by H.G. Wells, a 19th Century biology teacher as well as a professional writer and journalist in 1895. The story is mainly based on what was happening in the 19th Century during the 'Industrial Revolution', where there was a big difference between the Rich and the Poor. The rich did simply nothing but benefited from the poor suffering. The poor worked as labourers in factories and mills which were owned by the rich people. During this time the Theory of Evolution by Charles Darwin had been published. The theory was that humans had evolved from apes, which caused much controversy. The story highlights what was happening during the time H.G Wells was alive. The book is about a scientist who invents a time machine which he uses to travel in time. He travels 800 000 years into the future. His name remains unknown and he is referred to as the 'Time Traveller' throughout the book. As he travels in time he finds a nightmarish dystopia, in which humanity has separated into two different species. The rich, who lived luxurious lives in the 19th Century, were now the Eloi. They were extremely beautiful but very lazy and unintelligent people. They live in beauty, peace and idleness. Whilst living with these people the 'Time Traveller' also realised that the Eloi were weak and childishly afraid of the dark. The reason they were afraid of the dark was because in deep tunnels below their paradise lurked another race descended from humanity, the Morlocks. The Morlocks were creatures that evolved from the poor labourers who hardly got to see any light. They worked inside the tunnels which were subterranean and provided the Eloi with everyday wear and food. As the 'Time Traveller' travels back into time where he first left it, he warns his friends and colleagues about the segregation between the two species of mankind in the future. ...read more.


The Eloi are very different to the Morlocks as the Eloi are a race that is very beautiful but is very unintelligent. The Morlocks are beast like figures but are very intelligent. When the 'Time Traveller' arrives into the future the Eloi don't question him and are also not curious of his appearance as he is very different to them, but the Morlocks are suspicious of him and are curious to know why he is there. They are also curious about his time machine which is why they steal it during the book. The book begins by Philby, the 'Time Traveller's friend narrating it and then after the 'Time Traveller' takes over the narration. The 'Time Traveller' is the main character in the story. Throughout the book he is referred to as the 'Time Traveller' rather than his own name. He is middle class scientist, without a job. We can tell that the 'Time Traveller' is not poor as he has a maid. He is a man with a huge imagination and dreams, who is friends with lawyers and doctors who don't always trust him. He is an extremely brave person to be trying out his new invention, the time machine, as he does not know what the time machine could do but he is curious about the future and the development of mankind. He is very hopeful and has a set imagination of future mankind and also believes that the future will hold a utopia. After travelling 800 000 years into the future he gets disappointed as he sees the future holds a dystopia and mankind has become too lazy. The 'Time Traveller' thinks it's useless for the people in the past to be coming up with new creations and inventions as they are no use to mankind in the future. The 'Time Traveller' is very intelligent but he is also quite foolish as he does not bring anything back from when he's travelled into the future. ...read more.


The Morlocks also looked like apes and Darwin's theory was that humans have evolved from apes. This links to the ideas of Sigmund Freud, who believed that the way we act and our actions are controlled to what we think mentally. This is shown by the behaviour of the Eloi and Morlocks. The Eloi appear to be very lazy and are distracted very easily. They have no worries about anything and seem to have a terrible memory. The Morlocks are the poor who lived around machines, who had no other choice but to be very clever and aware of everything due to their living conditions. The ideas of Karl Marx and capitalism are also used in the book as he believed that the poor would rise up and take over. The Morlocks who are the evolved versions of the poor seize control over the Eloi, whilst the Eloi were terribly frightened of them. I agree with H.G Wells in some ways as I believe in Darwin's theory of mankind, which humans change over millions of years according to their environment and living conditions, which is why I think evolution could take place. I have no certain belief in the theory of capitalism. I would like to know what the future holds for me. In some ways I don't think it's beneficial as it's always good to just go with the flow and let it remain unknown as that way you will have a hope in life for something new to come along any day so it's better if it's left alone. In some ways it's good to know what's going to happen in the future because if its wrong or not the way you want it to be then you can change it and make it better. In this book I agree with many of H.G Wells's ideas, but I disagree with some as well. Overall I think the book was great and I believe that H.G Wells had a great impact in the 19th Century during the Industrial Revolution. ?? ?? ?? ?? The Time Machine Afsheen Mahomed 11KAI Afsheen Mahomed 11KAI ...read more.

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