H.G. Well’s The Time Machine: Fearing Time

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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells open new doors to human imagination. The Time traveler, the main character of the book created a machine that can travel through time; hence the title of the novel. As he ventured to the future, in 802,701 AD to be precise, he saw that Humans have evolved into two races: the Elois and Morlocks. The Eloi’s were terrified of the Morlocks because desires to eat the Elois. The Time machine is not only to enjoy but a message conveying to the audience.
Although The Time Machine is science fiction, it has numerous visions that
were realistic. In the Victorian era, industrialism began expanding. New technology arose to society. When all of this was occurring Charles Darwin published his book in 1859 called “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection”. The whole theory behind Charles Darwin was survival of the fittest. Though H.G Wells disagreed with this theory. Wells grew up poor and still became a good scientist and writer. H.G. well fear that Victorian era is headed for a troubled future. We should feat time for it can lead to dystopia.
Eloi, the Victorian corruption.
In the early nineteenth century labels were used like “working class” and “upper class” were used. The upper class were very powerful and corrupted. They had control over
the political system. This whole book is an imagery to Karl Marx. Karl Marx was a German philosopher and considered to be “the founder of the communist movement”. Marx’s view was that there are two social classes Bourgeois and the Proletariat. The Bourgeois are the underclass and the Proletariat are the upper class. Marx thought that capitalism confined the beginnings of its own obliteration. He defined how the prosperity of the bourgeoisie needed the work of the proletariat. Therefore, capitalism will always have need of an underclass. Though, Marx expected that the continuous manipulation of this underclass it would begin the explosion of anger. Sooner or later the proletariat would have a revolution against the bourgeoisie. This final battle would lead to the revolution of capitalism. Therefore, the elois are allusions to Victorian upper class or the Bourgeois. People should fear time because it changes, the Eloi having a perfect society that they have become imprudent.
Furthermore, Wells describes the elois society to be utopia. Though the elois have no reasoning or feeling when someone dies. They have grown weak because everything was handed to them. “ In another moment we were standing face to face, I and this fragile thing out of futurity”.(Wells)The working class did all the labor while the upper class did nothing. Also Wells put the Elois on the top, connecting the word upper. “upper world” and “upper class”.
The revolution of the Morlocks
The Morlocks were white furred and big red eyed ape like creatures that lived underground, hence the word under, it alludes to under class. In the 1800 the working class were mistreated...

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