The Idea of Time Travel in The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Time Machine Analysis “I drew a breath, set my teeth, gripped the starting lever with both hands, and went off with a thud. The laboratory got hazy and went dark,” (Wells 15). The main idea in the novella The Time Machine is time travel. The main character is called the Time Traveler, who has built a time machine. He tells the other characters about his plan to go into the future, and they think he’s lost his mind. When the others leave his house, he goes to his laboratory, starts his time machine, and takes off.

He first notices the changing of time, then day, then clothes. Soon he ends up in the year 802,701 A.D. after starting in the 1890s.

The Time Traveler’s main goal was to see the destiny of humanity. We, as people, change so much over time. In the book, humanity begins to progress but by the time the traveler gets to the eight hundreds humanity has regressed to the point of no cares in the world.

Maybe that is how the world will end up, but why would we changed so much as to not care if anyone is hurt. When the Time Traveler has to save one of the “creatures” from drowning because the others do not try to save her. According to this book, humanity is going to regress beyond our constraints. People are going to get too comfortable with life and allow the world to become barren and old. The book also emphasizes that the world will become two split races that hate each other.

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The Eloi, the ones that live above ground, and the Morlocks, the ones that live underground. The Eloi are curious, friendly creatures. Though they are afraid at night of the Morlocks. The Morlocks only come above ground at night when it is dark. They feed in the innocent Eloi. A question arises of why would the world come to this? But, just as clothes change over time, so do people. Society is beginning to become more, and more vicious everyday. With that said, the world may very well become two separate societies.

Works Cited

  1. Wells, H. G. The Time Machine. New York: Dover Publications, 1995. Print.

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