"Is it fair to say that, in the Time Machine, Wells presents a hopeless outlook for Victorian society?"
Ben Plummer "Is it fair to say that, in the Time Machine, Wells presents a hopeless outlook for Victorian society?" In the 'Time Machine', H G Wells writes about what he depicts the future to be like. He explains in great detail his views of evolution and Dystopia. The world he has travelled to could for all he knows be another planet. It is the definition of a Dystopia, with to opposite species living against each other, one calm and peaceful whilst the other is out to destroy the calm species, needing to kill them to live. Wells writes about a future where technology has advanced so much that people become lazy causing technology to go back on itself. In the first two chapters of the novel, Wells depicts the Victorian age as a highly civilised society. This is noticeable very early on by the professions of the guests, (Psychologist, Medical Man and Provincial Mayor.) All of these professions are skills which take a very high standard of learning. The language is another way, the narrator especially uses long, complex words such as " expounding" and "instantaneous." The language used is unusual, and it varies greatly, for example "spasmodic" The way in which the narrator 'speaks' to the reader comes across as very professional and well structured. The Time traveller and his companions live a life of luxury, this is shown in the plans of the evening and the order in
Afternoon in February The day is ending, While through the meadows, The night descending; Like fearful shadows, The marsh is frozen, Slowly passes The river dead. A funeral train. Through the clouds like ashes The bell is pealing, The red sun flashes And every feeling On village windows Within me responds The glimmer red. To the dismal knell; The snow recommences; Shadows are trailing, The buried fences My heart is bewailing Mark no longer And tolling within The road o'er the plain; Like a funeral bell. By Henry Wadsworth I chose this poem because it describes winter in a whole different way, from all the other poems that just talk about snow and family stuff. This poem specifically describes the end of winter, using words like descending, glimmer, and recommence. It is unique because his words are so true and if you have experienced that peaceful sight, you would know this poem is real, no gimmick. This is a very sad poem about death. This is a lyric and is rhymed. The rhyme scheme is: aabc, ddec,
will discuss the things in two Victorian ghost stories i.e. 'The Monkey's Paw' and 'The Red Room' which they have in common
In this assignment I will discuss the things in two Victorian ghost stories i.e. 'The Monkey's Paw' and 'The Red Room' which they have in common. These include darkness: bad things happening at night/ fear: is what the reader expects the character to experience other elements including mystery and a build up of tension. Both of the stories have the climax takes place during darkness. In 'The Monkey's Paw' the darkness was oppressive and they were waiting for Herbert to come, Herbert rose from the dead. In the 'Red Room' the darkness closed upon me like a shutting of an eye. The use of darkness sets the scene and, in the case of both stories they help to create a fearful atmosphere. Both stories use a certain aspect of fear i.e. of the unknown in a similar way. In fear In 'The Monkeys Paw' a situation of fear is created when a knock so quiet and stealthy to be scared audience is heard by Mr White. The reader knows the wish has come true: Herbert has risen from the grave having been dead for ten days. This will be a fearful image because he is now a rotting corpse. In 'The Red Room' fear is also a key element. As the narrator who doesn't believe in ghosts, he walks towards the 'Red Room' he goes through a passage where he sees a shadow as a person, 'crouching to attack him. The narrator is scared, even before he gets to The 'Red Room'! Feelings of fear are making him doubt his
" "HG Wells' novel "The War Of The Worlds" successfully creates a thrilling climate of terror which often reflects late Victorian insecurities." Discuss this statement with reference to the purpose and craft of the Author."
" "HG Wells' novel "The War Of The Worlds" successfully creates a thrilling climate of terror which often reflects late Victorian insecurities." Discuss this statement with reference to the purpose and craft of the Author." In the novel The War Of The Worlds, there is a constant feeling of terror and dread, which is heavily influenced by the Victorian sense of anxiety and worry about the world around them and their sudden rise to almost absolute power. Wells manipulates the culture of the time and so creates a novel which preys upon their underlying feelings of anxiety and resentment of the people they conquered. Having said this, there is an argument which can be created to challenge this view, which states that HG Wells' ideas cannot have the same effect on modern audiences as they did on Wells' contemporaries. When Wells was writing The War Of The Worlds, there was a huge rush in technology to create machines that could replace the jobs of men and revolutionise Britain industrially and socially. This created an anxiety based on the "machine over man" worry. For once Man wasn't leading Natural Selection; there was something perhaps more powerful than Man himself. This can be seen in the Martians' total dependence on their machines that the narrator sees from the broken house - "I had to convince myself that this was indeed a machine with a Martian at the helm". Another,
"Analyses of how H. G. Wells uses the sensation of power to create a once sane scientist become engulfed by the power threat he feels when unseen, and how this power mongering eventually leads to his insanity."
"Analyses of how H. G. Wells uses the sensation of power to create a once sane scientist become engulfed by the power threat he feels when unseen, and how this power mongering eventually leads to his insanity." By Mark Buchanan 5ba Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent. His career as an author was promoted by an unfortunate accident as a child. He broke his leg and spent the mandatory rest period reading every book he could find. Wells was awarded a scholarship and furthered his education bat the Normal School of Science in London. It was at the Normal School that Wells came under the wing of a famous biologist Thomas H. Huxley. Wells' "science fiction" (although he never called it such) was clearly influenced by his studies at the Normal School and his interest in biology. The story of the Invisible Man, which Wells wrote in 1896, begins with a mysterious man arriving at a rural English inn during a cold and stormy night. In a small English town it is strange for someone to go "vacationing" in winter but not as strange as the fact that the man's face is completely covered with bandages. This, of course, sets the small town to gossip. Eventually the innkeeper decides to evict the man because of violent episodes in which he breaks up the furniture. The Invisible Man reveals his "secret" and escapes unseen by anyone. The Invisible Man is on the run
How does H.G Wells convey the experience of fear of 'The Red Room' 'The Red Room', by H.G Wells is a classic gothic horror story set in the pre 1914's. Wells conveys his experience of fear in 'The Red Room' in many ways. The author first starts off by making a bold statement in which he says that 'it would take a very tangible ghost' to scare him not just any typical ghost. Notice he says tangible, which could mean that he won't get scared by a man who is disguised as a ghost. Furthermore he shows his fearlessness by describing the old people in a ghostly way and yet he himself is not showing any fear at this stage. Wells also uses clever manipulation, for he manipulates the reader into thinking that fear is not present at all, which is not the case, because that aspect of fear is around him with the old people. So by him showing such a contrast in the fearless character of the narrator, and the fearful environment or people, he makes the narrator stand out and be thought of as very gallant indeed. There is a strange build-up of fear as the old lady mentions something about so much to be seen in the castle and sorrow for what has been seen by the naked eye. Maybe the old women means sorrow for the young duke who had to die. She might have also meant that so many people have tried to come out of 'the red room' alive and abolish the myth of the room being haunted, but much
Comparison of the Red Room and the Darkness Out There In this essay I will be comparing the two stories, the red room and the Darkness Out There. Doing this so I can reveal similarities and differences and also describing what each story is telling the reader. I will be contrasting the characters, backgrounds and the situations to find my answers. Looking at the ways of the authors and their use of language to find out there use of descriptive imagery to create atmosphere and emotions. To start with the Red Room brings you a classic suspense story written in the late nineteenth century by an English author and a political philosopher going by the name of H.G.Wells, (Herbert, George, Wells). It tells us the story of a young man believing fear only comes from the matter of ghosts and spirits and would take him quite a fright to be scared. The man is told of a place, which he may fear, by two old characters, and then he sets of for this place named The Red Room which lies in the house of the two old characters. The next story Im using is titled The Darkness Out there, this was written in our century by the writer Penelope lively who began writing prolifically in 1970, and who at first started writing children's books. The story is of a girl called Sandra and a boy called Kerry who Sandra doesn't like. They both help do the chores for an old lady, while in the background of
When 'War of the Worlds' was first published, why was the book so popular and shocking? What message, do you feel H.G Wells was trying to communicate to his reader?
When 'War of the Worlds' was first published, why was the book so popular and shocking? What message, do you feel H.G Wells was trying to communicate to his reader? War of the Worlds was first published in 1898, at this time Britain had the largest empire in the world therefore the Victorians always considered themselves highly superior to any 'outsiders'. The British Empire at this time consumed a whopping 33% of the entire Planet. Britain had acquired this empire by seeing others as no real threat, little effort was needed in order to defeat others and gain their land and empires. In the Victorian era Very few people had very little knowledge of Mars or any other planet and this is where we see Wells invent some quite outrageous about 'the cold and desolate planet' that people will believe because nobody knows otherwise. Right from the start Wells contrasts and Mocks the British attitude by saying that, "Human affairs were being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their affairs they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm in a drop of water." Wells always bases whatever he says on scientific fact and language this is because this is a good field of knowledge that many people are familiar
A Comparison of two Ghost Stories... 'The red room', by H G Wells And 'Farthing House', by Susan Hill Both 'The red room' by H G Wells and 'Farthing house' by Susan Hill are examples of ghost stories. But what makes a ghost story? Obviously there has to be some sort of ghost whether it be literally a ghost or someone's imagination, it doesn't matter as long as there is some sort of suspense created from it and leads the reader for at least one point believe a ghost is involved in one way or another just like 'The red room' which doesn't contain a material ghost. Typical events in a conventional ghost story would include sudden coldness, absence of light and strange coincidences. In a way both of these stories are conventional ghost stories. More often than not, these types of stories occur in desolate remote locations and most of the 'action' happens at night, these two are no exception. 'The red room' is set in an old castle full of haunting furniture and candles while 'Farthing house' is set in a remote village, far away from the nearest source of help. All events described in 'The red room' occur at night. H G Wells therefore uses plenty of words associated with darkness, "blackness", "subterranean", "shadows", darkness overhead", "moonlight". And again in 'Farthing house', the ghostly occurrences take place during nigh time, but although these stories have their
The Red Dress by Claire Auchinvole 11T You knew who it was the minute she entered the room. You could tell by the whispers. "Look at her." "She is so beautiful." "I wish I was her." "Look at her hair." "Look at her dress!" "Where did she find the material?" It was not until then did I look round. I expected the beauty. I expected the hair. Rosanna Bexleigh was the beauty of the village; her father was the richest man in the county. That must be how she got that material - under the counter - as my mother would say. She would never have been able to buy that in the shops. It was the prettiest dress I had ever seen: blood red in colour with delicate tucks here and there to emphasise her figure. I looked down at my dress. I had thought it was beautiful when it was made - green in colour; the colour of our pond - now I was not so sure. She came over, as she does, to show herself off to me. She could never resist lording it over me, just because her father was employing my father. Without him, we would be on the streets as father would not be able to find work anywhere else. "Well, well, well, look what the cat dragged in. Little Ellen Little." The room went quiet, dreadfully quiet. The lull before the storm, tense, expectant. "Please do not call me that." "Why ever not? It is your name, or not? Do you like my dress? It cost Daddy what your father