H. G. Wells Essay

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Herbert George Wells had a mind well ahead of those in his time period. Wells often looked towards the future in his work as he became and important piece to the foundation of science fiction.
Herbert was born into a family that was considered lower-middle class but struggled greatly to keep that spot in the class system of that time in England. His father, Joseph Wells owned a store but gained more profit from his ability to coach and play cricket (Hartsveldt 1). His family was just barely getting by when his father had to retire from cricket due to an injury (Hartsveldt 1). This caused his mother to have to get a job as a housekeeper for a wealthy family. And because of having a working wife and mother their family fell out of the middle class (Hartsveldt 1). Wells is known to use some of his family struggles in his work. His experiences of growing up poor among the rich family his mother worked for and seeing the separation between social classes (Rollyson 5). Wells often gave some of his characters problems like he had growing up, problems such as struggles with social respectability, personal satisfaction, and even happiness (Hartsveldt 1). So as his own family struggled with social acceptance and striving for happiness while in the situation that they were in, his characters in his future works go through those very same problems.
Wells had a way with the ladies. Even though Wells was a little short, about five foot six inches, and kind of pudgy, there was something about him that caused women of his time to be absolutely attracted to him (Hartsveldt 1). Some might think that this is a blessing, but for Wells it was a serious problem. Wells married his cousin Isabel Mary Wells in 1891 (Rollyson 1). Within one year of marriage he became quite intrigued with one of his students, Amy Cathrine Robins, so intrigued in fact the he left his wife and eloped with this woman. He stayed with her until she died in 1927 (Rollyson 1). However being married did not stop Wells from having many other sexual relations with several women including those of Rebecca West, Moura Budberg and Odette Keun (Rollyson 1). All of these relationships resulted in him having several children out of wedlock. The only good thing that came from all of these relationships with all of these different women is Wells is able to use disguised versions of these women and their stories in some of his own stories. Wells also often attacked restrictive sexual morals in his work, which is a very prominent theme in his book Ann Veronica (Hartsveldt 1).
Wells often looked towards the future; he shows this in many of his works. But his view of the future changes immensely as he goes through his life (Loveday 1). Before World War one Wells had somewhat of a positive view of the future and excitement almost. Just as we see a future full of super computers and hovercrafts, Wells saw much of the same exciting things in the future. But as time goes on, his views begin to change....

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