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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

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Johnny Chadwick

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By H.G. Wells The Time Machine Presentation by Johnny Chadwick the Time Traveler discusses the possibility of travel through the fourth dimension with his comrades
before his next meeting, the Time Traveler travels to the year Eight Hundred and Two-Thousand
he is immediately greeted by an abundance of small, fragile vegetarian people; later called Eloi
after a brief tour around the overgrown ruins the Eloi live in, the Time Traveler returns to find his Time Machine gone
he assumes the "wells" and "smokestacks" are both signs of machinery beneath the surface and thinks his Time Machine might be down there
he saves an Eloi, named Weena, from drowning in the river
the Time Traveler discovers a second race, the nocturnal and carnivorous Morlocks
he ventures to the Palace of Green Porcelain to find tools with which to protect himself and Weena and retrieve his Time Machine
Weena is killed in a forest fire that the Time Traveler set to fend off the Morlocks
he finds his Time Machine in a trap set by the Morlocks in the base of a statue
he travels even further into the future to witness the sun nearing the end of its life and the earth beginning to freeze
the Time Traveler returns to his present time and relays his adventure to his dubious comrades Summary Discovery Major Themes Lack of Intelligence Lack of Humanity known for science fiction
born September 21, 1866 in Bromley, England
family owned a small shop that sold china and sporting goods
after breaking his leg at age 8, he took to reading many books and engorging himself in the worlds he read of, stimulating his desire to write
his mother sought for him to become a teacher, and in 1890 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology
first married his cousin, but they separated so he could marry one of his students, Amy Catherine Robbins
had two sons, but also a daughter with someone else
expressed his feeling through many drawings and sketches found in his diaries
other famous books: The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau H.G. Wells This book is an excellent read for those who prefer the adventure that science fiction has to offer. The ideas presented in the first chapter about time travel aren't too far-fetched, so the reader won't get lost when just beginning. Descriptions provided of the future world and its inhabitants provided an amazing image in my head while reading and the excitement of the Time Traveler's journey to find his Time Machine and fend off the Morlocks made the book hard to put down. There were some moments where the Time Traveler's speculations as to how the societies in the future were developed were beyond my understanding, but these moments were brief and adventure soon followed. Overall, I would give H.G. Wells 4.5 delicate white flowers out of 5 for his book, the Time Machine. My Recommendation "Weena had been hugely delighted when I began to carry her, but after a time she desired me to let her down, and ran along by the side of me, occasionally darting off on either hand to pick flowers to stick in my pockets. My pockets had always puzzled Weena, but at the last she had concluded that they were an eccentric kind of vase for floral decoration. At least she utilized them for that purpose." (Wells 49-50) Favorite Paragraph This paragraph mainly stood out to me because of how I can relate it to my sisters. They have always enjoyed picking flowers and love bringing them inside and presenting them to us. I can see how the Time Traveler loved Weena because of how child-like and innocent she was. This paragraph provides the reader with a familiar picture in an unfamiliar world and helps increase the feeling of loss when he loses her. Quotes “The serious people who took him seriously never felt quite sure of his deportment: they were somehow aware that trusting their reputations for judgment with him was like furnishing a nursery with eggshell china.” (Wells 11) This quote shows how the Time Traveler is seen by others to be extremely far-fetched and uses a simile to relate this feeling of distrust to us.
This is the narrator talking to himself after the discussion of time travel and the Time Traveler’s house and his demonstration. “They would come to me with eager cries of astonishment, like children, but, like children, they would soon stop examining me, and wander away after some other toy.” (Wells 23) This is after the Time Traveler has first arrived in the future and has already eaten a meal with the Elois and attempts to learn their language.
This observance made by the Time Traveler is very important because he reverts back to the Eloi’s childish ways throughout the book, making it an important theme. “At once, like a lash across the face, came the possibility of losing my own age, of being left helpless in this strange new world. The bare thought of it was an actual physical sensation. I could feel it grip me at the throat and stop my breathing.” (Wells 29) As night is beginning the fall, the Time Traveler studies his surroundings, and when his gaze falls upon the statue of the White Sphinx and the lawn surrounding it, he notices that his Time Machine is missing.
This quote is the beginning of the major plot in the book, the Time Traveler’s quest to return. It gives the reader a sense of worry if he fails to find his machine, and helps the reader understand why he is so intent on exploring the area to find it. “And I longed very much to kill a Morlock or so. Very inhuman, you may think, to want to go killing one’s own descendants! But it was impossible, somehow, to feel any humanity in the things.” (Wells 56) This is when the Time Traveler is exploring the ancient museum and hears the soft noises made by the Morlocks down one of the hallways. He grabs a weapon and tries to comfort the trembling Weena.
This develops another important theme, the loss of humanity. The Morlocks are very animal-like in their appearance and actions and the Time Traveler is revolted by their preying on the peaceful Eloi. “And I have by me, for my comfort, two strange white flowers – shriveled now, and brown and flat and brittle – to witness that even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man.” (Wells 76) This is once again the narrator reflecting on the story told by the Time Traveler after his second, and most likely final, venture into the future.
This, to me, brought out the meaning of the book. The fact that the future inhabitants of the earth are very lacking in the abilities we have today was frequently addressed, but the author wanted us to realize that the continuation of love and kindness is much more important, as shown through Weena. Kindness Thanks For Watching!
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