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What is H.G. Wells trying to achieve with his novel The Time Machine? What Literary techniques does he use to accomplish his objective? You should refer to historical, social and cultural influences at the time.

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Time Machine Coursework Question: What is H.G. Wells trying to achieve with his novel The Time Machine? What Literary techniques does he use to accomplish his objective? You should refer to historical, social and cultural influences at the time. Written by H.G. Wells, the story of 'The Time Machine' is regarded by some as one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time. It puts forward many views towards time travel, communism and other types of leadership which H.G. Wells felt strongly for, and also against. Herbert George Wells was born on September 21, 1866 in Kent, England. His father was a professional cricket player and shopkeeper, and his mother, a former lady's maid. He took lots of short part-time jobs, including a teacher's assistant at a grammar school before going to college to study biology, where he graduated in 1888. He was influenced by a number of other writers at that time, notably Jules Verne, and he wrote his first novel 'The Time Machine', partly in response to the kind of writing Verne produced. The Time Machine was released as a book in 1895. This book was successful and ensured that he would not have to worry about money, or get another job in the future. After this H.G. Wells wrote a number of other novels, with the most well known ones being, 'The Island of Dr. Moreau', 'The Invisible Man', and 'The War Between The Worlds'. ...read more.


For a very unimportant sentence in the book the quote is rather long for just describing the fireplace and their glasses that they were holding, and it seems unnecessary to describe these sorts of objects which are meaningless to the storyline. Well's wrote like this because he thought it would make people take this novel seriously for its political and social context, not merely its creativeness, and the fact that it was written a little bit like an account would make important politicians and leaders of the time notice his work. He didn't want people to think of his book a fictional novel like other authors at the time Wells obviously had an interest about these sorts of unfamiliar topics at the time, as could be seen from his other novels e.g. The Invisible Man, A Modern Utopia, The Discovery of the Future, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and as these topics were completely impertinent and un-heard of in Victorian England, he must have had an extraordinary imagination to have been able to think up such ideas. Could this have been because he was alive during a time as beneficial as the industrial revolution when everything began to change, since something like germs existed then why couldn't another dimension too? Wells also used an unidentified third person narrator to do his story telling, he does this because he wants his writing to seem more impersonal and more real, and less of the normal ' I did this' or 'I did that'. ...read more.


My opinion is that Wells tried to make people realise that if you all live too easily you will turn in to Eloi and sit and do nothing all day, and that Morlocks are a result of Capitalism gone mad, with the lower class rebelling against the upper classes to result in chaotic circumstances. Of course he made this clear that these changed would not happen immediately, but long periods of time, and he tried to warn people that if you don't do anything about it now then terrible things could happen in the future. In conclusion, the Time Machine by H.G. Wells was a very successful book that has been made into two films and has had numerous attempts to continue the story where Wells left off. It was meant to tell an interesting story but also to put forward views about capitalism and evolution. Even though Wells didn't use the most flowing and spectacular language, and used very scientific and dispassionate language, this didn't halt the success of the book. The main key ideas in the book are, is Capitalism dangerous? Could Communism solve societies' problems? Will all the hard work that has been put in to make the world such an advanced place be wasted in the future? Are complex theories such as Time Travel possible? This book has made scholars and philosophers think about these ideas and many books regarding time travel e.g. Back to the Future, communism and capitalism e.g. Animal Farm, and evolution e.g. Planet of the Apes have been written and made into films because of H.G. Wells and his incredible imagination and interesting political views. ...read more.

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