Time Machine By Wells Essay

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Time Machine By Wells

Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent, a few miles from London,
the son of a house-maid and gardener. Wells died in 1946, a wealthy and famous
author, having seen science fiction become a recognized literary form and having
seen the world realize some of science fiction's fondest dreams and worst fears.
Wells mother attempted to find him a safe occupation as a draper or chemist.
Wells had a quick mind and a good memory that enabled him to pass subjects by
examination and win a scholarship to the Normal School of Science, where he
stayed for three years and, most importantly, was exposed to biology under the
famous Thomas H. Huxley. Wells went into teaching and writing text books and
articles for the magazines that were of that time. In 1894 he began to write
science-fiction stories. -James Gunn Wells vision of the future, with its
troglodytic Morlocks descended from the working class of his day and the pretty
but helpless Eloi devolved from the leisure class, may seem antiquated political
theory. It emerged out of the concern for social justice that drew Wells to the
Fabian Society and inspired much of his later writing, but time has not dimmed
the fascination of the situation and the horror of the imagery. The Time Machine
brought these concerns into his fiction. It, too, involved the future, but a
future imagined with greater realism and in greater detail than earlier stories
of the future. It also introduced, for the first time in fiction, the notion of
a machine for traveling in time. In this novel the Time Machine by H. G. Wells,
starts with the time traveler trying to persuade his guest's the theory of the
fourth dimension and even the invention. He tries to explain the fourth
dimension before he shows them the time machine so they don't think of him as a
magician. H. G. Wells uses details about the fourth dimension to teach the
reader the theory about it to capture your attention. Also Wells character the
time traveler says "Scientific people", "Know very well that time
is only a kind of space". In this quote he is clearly using persuasion
tactics. He tries to attack there consious by saying that, scientific people
know that this is only a kind of space. He says this in hopes that they will
believe what he says just because other intelligent people believe the theory.
This is a very primitive but still an effective way to try to persuade people.
The idea is "because many people believe it, so it must be true". The
people he is trying to persuade are of 19th century thinking and well to do
people and they are competitive amongst other well to do people so if other rich
and intelligent people believe this fourth dimension theory so the time traveler
hopes this will motivate them to learn about it. The Characters in the book Time
Machine are The time traveler, Filby, the psychologist, and the provincial
mayor. Later the silent man and the editor come in to play. Filby is described
as "an argumentative person with red hair". He has another label that
Wells puts on him; he call him the "young man". The psychologist also
has another label; he is "the medical man". The time traveler is
described briefly when the group of intellects head down the corridor to the
laboratory. He uses "his queer broad head in silhouette." When the
arrive at the machine's location it is described as "Parts were made of
nickel, parts of ivory, parts had certainly been filed or sawn out of rock
crystal". He probably chose these characters as witnesses because they hold
higher education and people would believe them from there reputations. The
psychologist would be beneficiary in convincing the other that its not a hoax
because he is aware of human behavior. The provincial mayor is also an
intelligent man and the people elected him so if he is to believe that this
works then many people would follow him. Filby is another character but never
talks about his standing in society it could be his friend because he did wink
at the time traveler or maybe he is not because he disputed the time traveler's
time machine in his face and behind his back. H. G. Wells uses two other
characters that come to dinner to meet the time traveler. The main character
comes back from the future. The medical doctor and the provincial mayor are
accompanied by the editor or known as the journalist, and the silent man. The
editor uses three names to describe his guest's; "Blank, Dash, and
Chose." These names are mentioned but they are never given a designation so
there is no way to figure out which one is the mayor, psychologist, or the
silent man. The editor shows some disbelief but goes ahead listening to the
story and is a little eager. He may just wanted to get a story to report in the
newspaper that someone has claimed to have gone to the future and back. They all
agree that the time traveler can tell his story without interruption because he
is wary with exhaustion and has no tolerance to answer questions or be accused
as a liar or a quack. He begins his story by telling that he has "lived
eight days...such days as no human has ever lived before!". Next he is in
his laboratory working on his time machine trying to complete it before Friday.
He completes it that morning. He is delayed to the ivory rod that was an inch to
long so he had to get it remade. The time traveler begins his journey to the
future. At first he didn't know if anything was happening yet for this machine
was untested. "For a moment I suspected that my intellect had tricked
me." "Then I noted the clock. A moment before, as it seemed, it had
stood at a minute or so past ten; now it was nearly half-past three!". This
part in the novel is his most detailed explanation to capture the readers
imagination and to fully support the illusion of time travel. He tells of many
details such as his maid Mrs. Watched came in the laboratory and moved like a
rocket around it. He explains the time traveling experience as a since of
falling and the speed is so great that it feels like any minute you will smash
into another object. All these details suggest that its not a comfortable ride
especially when he said "I remarked indeed a clumsy swaying of the machine,
for which I was unable to account." There is evidence that the laboratory
and the time traveler's house was torn down when he saw the brief picture of
scaffolding. A snail went across the room at a speed that his eyes could not
keep up with. After his house was gone he was in the open air and saw huge
buildings erect themselves all around him. Wells was right in his assumption
about these buildings because skyscrapers do exist in our time. He saw all the
vegetation grow and die. The moon ran its cycles and the sun shot across the sky
so fast that it was hurting the time traveler's eyes. The time traveler witness
the season's changing from snow to spring in a continuos cycle. He thought of
stopping but he was afraid of jamming his molecules and the object's molecules
that occupied that space at that particular time. Here he goes back to science
and with some added element of chemistry. The main character explains that if
his time machine occupied the same space at the same time as another object then
the molecules would fuse together causing a chemical reaction and the ending
result would be an explosion. Even with this threat he takes the risk out of
curiosity building some suspense in the book. He stops and is flung from his
machine and is met by a thunderstorm. This is realistic in this book because in
the UK it rains a lot so there is a good chance that he would encounter rain.
After the Thunder storm is gone he hears voices in the bushes. A person emerges
from the brush and is described as "a slight creature-perhaps four feet
high-clad in a purple tunic, girdled at the waist with a leather belt. Sandals
or buskins-I could not clearly distinguish which-were on his feet; his legs were
bare to the knees, and his head was bare." He was under the impression that
there will frail creature and not very intelligent and he was correct. His
assumption of intelligence was proven when one of the human looking creatures
asked him is he had come from the sun riding on a thunderstorm. Also when he
gave them a threatening motion towards them when they got around the machine
they retreated immediately. His assumption of frailty was proven after this
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