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'The Time Machine' by H.G.Wells - review

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Introduction

I am currently reading a science Fiction novel called 'The Time Machine' by H.G.Wells. I understand the Science Fiction Genre to be literary works based on real and unreal science. My own definition of the Science Fiction Genre would be looking into the future to see what technological and scientific advances there may. Advances which will affect our society, the behaviour of individuals and how we live. In modern day, Science fiction is a very popular kind of imaginative literature. Science Fiction is the genre that asks ' What if?' It is a genre to infinite possibilities. By 'Science Fiction' I mean Jules Verne, H.G.Wells and Edgar Allan Poe type of story. A charming and romanced intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic visions. A few modern examples of popular Science Fiction films is 'Terminator, The Rise of The Machines', 'I robot' which is based on machinery and hit the box office records. This shows us that Science Fiction Genre is even popular today. The connection between the writer H.G.Wells and the Science Fiction Genre was that H.G.Wells was a philosopher who predicted the future before it actually happened. He was also a pioneer. Each of the first four novels he wrote dealt with fantastic storylines involving scientific understandings, the future and machinery. Because of these novels he was considered the father of Science Fiction. H.G.Wells uses scientific language to blind his audience with science, to set the tone of his novel and make what follows more believable. He uses words like 'Geometry of four dimensions', etc. H.G.Wells also uses scientific language because he is writing to the leisured Victorian class who are highly educated. The Time Traveller believes that if the characters such as the Mayor and the Psychologist believe him, everyone else should because they were all from different social classes. Wells also uses it to bring his novel to life and keep his readers interested. ...read more.

Middle

All the things they needed to have power and control over, things they dreamt about and desired finally came true. "One triumph...and carried forward" they had power over nature, such as cloning, technology, selective breeding etc. 'The air was free from gnats, the world free from weed or fungi'; this tells us that they had gotten rid of them. The things they didn't like in the world or weren't happy with, they got rid of and improved their favourite plants and animals. "They engaged in no toil" There was no more survival of the fittest and there was no type of aggressiveness or competitive behaviour. Because of all the changes to the world, their strength had become weakness because there was no more violence, so they didn't need strength to protect themselves. They became lazy because they got used to doing nothing. They became dumb because they didn't go to school and the world was all laid out them. There was no more love for each other and their children. There was no need to protect their children because there was no danger, nothing to protect them from and they didn't know how to. They didn't seem to care or worry about each other, like the way they would have let Weena drown and they didn't know what to do. Their utopian civilisation had made them weak, physically and mentally; they were beautiful but lazy, frail and stupid creatures that could nothing for themselves. The Time traveller notices that the Elois were afraid of one thing. The dark. Later on he finds out that it was because of the Morlocks who are the second group of species. The Time Traveller describes the Morlocks appearance as 'bleached' and 'little apelike figure'. The Time Traveller uses words like 'wild beasts' and 'obscene' to describe them. The word obscene, which he uses, gives me the impression that they were disgustingly filthy and that they were offensive and insecure. ...read more.

Conclusion

Last of all, I like the way he structures his novel like a scientific theory, as if he is a scientist. The things I didn't like about the story is the way it ends. He goes back into the future to get proof but never returns. The story leaves you hanging and makes you ask yourself questions like, Will he ever return with proof? Will they believe him? I also didn't like it that Weena had to die and last of all, I felt that H.G.Wells was bias and was leaning slightly towards the leisured calls, with the way he describes the Elois and the Morlocks. The Time Traveller calls the Eloi 'my graceful children' and calls the Morlocks 'bleached, obscene, nocturnal thing'. It got me asking myself, why would H.G.Wells describe the rich people as beautiful and the poor people as ugly if he wanted the world to change? On a whole, I think there is a lot to learn from 'The Time Machine'. H.G.Wells uses strong language in his novel. In reference to the question 'How does H.G.Wells use language to teach us about his visions of the future?' H.G.Wells chooses his words very carefully. When he describes the Elois and the Morlocks, he makes a contrast between them. When H.G.Wells travels into the future, the words that he uses gives the impression that the world was scary and horrible, which adds to his reasons for writing 'The Time Machine', as a warning of the social divide. I notice that the language that H.G.Wells uses to describe the future he goes into is very negative, e.g. 'apocalypse' and 'annihilation of the human race'. The language he uses is fantastic and makes you want to read on. The descriptions in this novel are wondrous to the point out that no novel I have read could possibly portray. H.G.Wells ideas are very well expressed and the words that he uses are quite complex. I think that 'The Time Machine is an excellent book and I would recommend it to anyone. Comments: ...read more.

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