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The Time Machine by H.G Wells

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"The Time Machine" by H.G Wells illustrates life in Britain at the end of the Victorian Era. How far do you agree with this statement? The 19th century was a big leap for technology, from going to horse and carriage to steam trains at 60mph, and changes were still improving, this however was not the best thing, as people would grow to be too dependent on technology and the future ahead. Many changes had there advantages, such as steam trains, which were much faster, more powerful and could work independently of natural power resources such as water. Also the telegraph, which brought the world closer together and made it easier to contact people which were a result of the spread of railways, as it stimulated communication. Wells was able to substitute the characteristics of the Morlocks and Eloi in order to consider the differences between rich and poor and the class systems, also the impact of Darwin's theory of evolution which suggests that we were merely an evolved form of animal, not "created in Gods image", and placed on earth, fully formed, as evangelical Christians believed, Wells portrays the Morlocks as "stooping white creatures" living in the "impenetrable darkness." ...read more.


Within the novel the word 'parts' is repeated to emphasize the importance of the word, as 'parts' are very important to the person and continuous repeating of the word 'parts' shows there infortune, while also representing that there are a lot of parts in question. The machine that is made in the novel involves 'parts' to make it, the repetition of the word 'parts' show that it is a very complicated structure. Wells makes it hard to picture the time machine because he fails to describe it as a whole, rather than 'parts' here and there, which makes it easy to imagine the parts individually, but hard to imagine it all together as one time machine. The time travelers personality is one of a 'jokers' attitude, someone who the people fail to take seriously due to his liability to trickery. So when he is serious, the people around him are not sure whether or not to place their trust in him. Especially when he came up with the idea of time travel, as no body knew whether to take the possibility seriously as it came from someone who they knew was found to 'pull a fast one' leaving the people involved frustrated out of their own foolishness in believing such a cheery individual so such a statement was received with shock. ...read more.


Firstly he chose to add in a romantic element to the film in order to give the time traveler a motivation, and purely for Hollywood purposes. This was different in the novel because, the time traveler only built the time machine out of curiosity where as in the film, it was to be able to go back in time and get his girl friend that died. I think the film was more effective because it was more appealing, and interesting to watch, also because of the new interpretations such as the romantic elements, the story was able to make more sense and we were able to sympathize with him. However the novel was very descriptive and had no point to it. It was very plain, which made it quite mundane. In conclusion I agree with the statement that Wells illustrated life in Britain at the end of the Victorian Era. As life in Britain was all about finding out new things and inventing new methods in order to generate further which is exactly what H.G. Wells portrayed in "The time traveler" even though it may not be a true and exact illustration of the era, it still reflects upon the illuminated Victorian thinking. ?? ?? ?? ?? MS.DIXON ...read more.

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