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The Time Machine H.G.Wells In this essay I am going to discuss Wells' use of contrast in the Time Machine. This will include contrast from the Victorian era to the future era, but also contrast in other sections. During a lot of the book contrast is based on revealing intelligence and general lack of it. It is also shown as what the time traveller thinks will happen and what actually does happen. A lot of these contrasts are quite regularly compared to the contrast of dark and light. From the first page of the book we can even get a hint that the time traveller is quite arrogant, he thinks his intelligence is better than the others in his presence, "Expounding a recondite matter to us." This complex piece of language shows he thinks he's intelligence. He may have also used this complex language to make it sound scientific so people believe him. "You will soon admit.." This shows he expects people to admit he is right. ...read more.


"lights a spill at the fire." This is how Wells' has shown that the audience believe what he is saying. When he takes the audience to look at the real version of the time machine he takes a "lamp" with him, this once again shows a positive status of intelligence in that the time traveller knows what he is talking about, although on the way down the dark corridor it does "flicker" which shows some doubtfulness. We see some foreshadowing irony almost straight away in chapter three. As soon as the time traveller returns the first thing he asks is for them "to save a bit of mutton. He's starving for some meat." As we find out this is quite ironic as when he travels into the future he does not eat any meat. This is because no one but eloi and morlock roam the Earth and the eloi only eat fruit. ...read more.


He awakes and finds the fire has spread fast. This been responsible for the death of his love Weena. The irony here been that the thing protecting him from the morlocks has been responsible for the death of a person it is protecting. In my personal opinion the reason the time traveller didn't do so well in the future world is because he judged a book by its cover. When he saw how devolved the eloi were he assumed the whole population would be like that, inlcluding the morlock, who turned out to be quite smart, except for their weakness of light. If the time traveller wasn't so arrogant and stopped believing he was the most intelligent been around he might have done so much better in the future. Through the novel Wells' uses contrast of light and dark very well to produce such issues like suspense and irony. He also uses it to create and set character, and matters of tone, as well as theme. His use of contrast is largely affective all the way through the novel and makes it what it is. ...read more.

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