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The Time Machine

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Franzi Bouvreuil

on 8 September 2014

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Transcript of The Time Machine

Structure
1. The author H.G. Wells
2. Facts about the novel
3. The plot
4. Utopia or dystopia?
5. Wells' intention/ message
6. My sources


H. G. Wells
- Full name Herbert George Wells
- 1866 - 1946 in England
- Working class background
- Studied science

Facts about the novel
- Published in 1895
- First novel written by Wells
- First science fiction novel
- No heavy character
- Includes recent theories in astronomy and geology, deals with evolution and geometry
The plot
The Time Machine
- Wrote many essays, articles and nonfiction books
-
The Island of Doctor Moreau
(1896),
The Invisible

Man
(1897),
The War of the Worlds
(1898)
- Bestseller:
Outline of History
(1920)
- 1920 he met Vladimir Lenin
- He had the opportunity to talk to Josef Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Novel has been made into comics and films
-> two famous films: The Time Machine (1960) and The Time Machine (2002)
Wells' message
- The Eloi and the Morlocks are mirroring the social class system of the Victorian England
- "Above ground you must have the Haves, pursuing pleasure and comfort and beauty, and below ground the Have-nots, Workers getting continually adapted to the conditions of their labour."

Utopia or dystopia?
- After the discovery of the Eloi: indications of an utopian world
- The Eloi live in a paradisiac environment
- Story becomes dystopian when the Time Traveller discovers the Morlocks
- The Morlocks are the workers for the Eloi -> capitalism
- The story becomes even worse when the Time Traveller finds out that the Morlocks prey on the Eloi
- The novel almost ends in a catastrophe
- The Time Traveller finds the earth and sun dying
- Only life left: crablike creatures and lichen
Sources
Text sources:
- H.G.Wells (+Greg Bear):
The Time Machine
, Signet Classic, 2002
- http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/timemachine/section7.rhtml, 07.09.2014
- http://www.academia.edu/1338946/THE_TIME_MACHINE_A_DYSTOPIC_UTOPIA, 07.09.2014
- http://www.biograpy.com/people/hg-wells-39224#synopsis, 30.08.2014
Image sources:
- Image: Morlocks:
http://i.ytimg.com/vi/5_S4eGrczdQ/maxresdefault.jpg
- Image: H.G. Wells
http://www.apartemagazine.es/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/padiesha.blogspot.com_.jpg
- Image: cover
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e5/The_Time_Machine_Classics_Illustrated_133.jpg
- Image: time traveller
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120803024138/timemachine/images/6/61/Time_Traveler_1960.jpg
- Image: time machine
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_CdocFnegjE0/TPAGwufAJjI/AAAAAAAAB4s/eW9wK_8tvVE/s1600/timemachine60_george_model.jpg
- Image: Eloi
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120627194854/timemachine/images/e/e4/Eloi_Classics_Illustrated.jpg
- Image: Sphinx
http://www.idyllopuspress.com/meanwhile/images2/tm_morlocksphinx.jpg
- Image: end oft he world
http://th02.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2012/184/0/9/king_crab_by_marcodalidingo-d55upw3.jpg
- Image: green porcelain palace
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120628074053/timemachine/images/b/b8/Green_Porcelain_Palace.jpg
- Image: fight against Morlocks
http://auremmoser.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/time-machine-cover.jpg


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