H.G. Wells' Time Machine And Its Relativity With The Victorian Era

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H.G. Wells' Time Machine and Its Relativity with the Victorian Era

Herbert George Wells was an English writer from the nineteenth
century. He was born on September the 21st 1866 in Bromley, Kent. He
first wrote a book when he was eleven; although this was not published
it was a great achievement. He won a scholarship to the school of
science, but he failed due to his other interests such as history,
journalism, sociology and writing. His dad was a pro cricketer and a
domestic servant. This may have had an influence on his work like in
"The Time Machine" with the class divisions. His support in socialism
influenced his work especially "The Time Machine" as he was a great
supporter of Karl Marx. He married his cousin Isabel in 1891. But
sadly he left her three years later. He was a member of the Fabians
society and also the Pen society. He wrote many books, all in the
science fiction genre such as "The First Man on the Moon" or "The
Invisible Man". Some were turned into films such as "The War of the
Worlds". He wrote in this Genre because he and the Victorians wanted
to explore time and space but couldn't in reality so he wrote to
relate to others at the time and help them imagine almost possibly a
dream and what could happen in the end of that dream. He died on the
13th of August 1946.

Queen Victoria reigned from 1819 to 1901. In the Victorian era people
were divided into classes: upper and lower class. This era was a time
of invention and of innovation because of the industrial revolution.
The Victorian era was a quite advanced time as they had a great
interest in exploration and they were very interested in inventions
and what they could achieve, so "The Time Machine" fits in perfectly
because it is an extraordinary invention. This is why Wells' books
were popular because they were the first daring science fiction books.
He was a fan of Charles Darwin which obviously influenced his books
especially "The Time Machine". Darwin talks about how humans evolved
from apes and the theory of evolution. In "The Time Machine" the Eloi
and the Morlocks evolved from humans. Many things from the Victorian
era influenced Wells writing "The Time Machine" including many
theories that were around at the time. And now I shall show how "The
Time Machine" represents the Victorian era.

In chapter one Wells demonstrates class divisions by showing us the
dinner party with the Time Traveller and his guests. The Time
Traveller is telling his guests about his tie machine and his theory
behind it. The conversation they have is quite complex "Can a cube
that does not last for any time at all, have a real existence". This
shows they are all highly educated. Wells illustrates us these dinner
guests not as for example "Mr Jones" but "Medical Man" or
"Psychologist". This illustrates us that all these men at...

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