The Time Machine

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  • The Time Machine by H.G Wells, 1895
    • the Time Traveller believes that the Eloi are descended from the upper class British while the Morlocks are descended from the lower class British - a colonial perspective exposing Victorian hierarchy.
    • Wells was a socialist and scientist - the Time Traveller initially believes the new world is due to communism.
    • Political commentary - warns against developing technology and science in Victorian era.
    • ‘the exclusive tendency of richer people … and the widening gulf between them and the rude violence of the poor’ was to blame for this diverging of the human species along class lines - Marxism and Darwinism (science in Victorian era).
    • The Morlocks are instantly hated - 'it made me shudder' - enhanced, futuristic version of the hatred and fear with which the suburban lower middle classes often saw the proletariat
    • The Hebrew word Elohim, meaning "God," may be the origin of the term Eloi, suggesting a fall from grace - upper class not contributing to society.
    • Despite futuristic setting, the same class issues prevail.
    • A mythical creature combining features of several real creatures—lion, human, eagle—the White Sphinx foreshadows the Eloi and Morlock who are also human–animal hybrids.
    • The Morlocks live and thrive only in the dark.  The desolate shore of the far future has a black sky,. By contrast, firelight is safety and life. The white of the two flowers he brings back represents the affection between himself and Weena.
    • It is a frame narrative. Just as the Time Traveller warns the other narrator, Wells could be issuing a warning to society.
    • "I shall have to controvert one or two ideas that are almost universally accepted." (1.2)
    • Face this world. Learn its ways, watch it, be careful of too hasty guesses at its meaning. In the end you will find clues to it all


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