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The future depicted by H.G. Wells in The Time Machine is plausible, but only in certain ways such as the idea of the working class eventually surpassing the rich upper class and gradually taking over. In the future depicted by H.G. Wells we can see that he very clearly highlights the class distinction between the rich and the poor. This future created by Wells is one where society has evolved so much that there is no longer a need for any kind of improvement. The society they live in is one without need for medicine, weapons, or even technology. The Morlocks are the working class who live underground beneath the Eloi, they work to support the Eloi but eventually we learn that they have ...view middle of the document...

They have created a utopian world for themselves to live in and because of this the Eloi’s brains have shrunk to a point where the Eloi have the attention span of a 5 year old child. Wells uses the line “nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change,” (141) this line perfectly summarizes the reasoning behind why the Eloi have devolved so much. Wells’s future is one where in less than a third of the time it took humans to evolve to where they are today, that they will undo all of that evolution and in a mere 800 000 years, go back to being in the likeness of children in mind and physique. In The Time Machine H.G. Wells uses the line “For after the Battle comes quiet.” (145) This would be symbolic of how Wells believes that after the battle of society trying to improve and constantly find solutions to its problems, that after climaxing, it will very urgently reset the human species, as they no longer have any reason to retain the intellectual properties. That would be Wells’s support for the speed de evolution happens at but the amount of time given is too small a period for the human race to diminish to that state and as such the part of Wells future where humans are depicted as caveman like children is one that is simply too far of a stretch to be plausible.
In our modern society there are clear divisions between the rich and poor, “the richest 20 percent of the population lives off of three quarters of the world’s income.” (Shah, Anup) This shows that 80 percent of the world’s population today is living on only a quarter of the world’s population. This would be reason enough for the lower class to rebel against the rich upper class who maintain dominion over them. The rebellion that the Morlocks lead in Wells’s future is not like the ones in the movies where things happen in one glorious battle where they win their freedom but instead we learn that their rebellion has a slow birth. When the time traveler finds out that the Morlocks have begun to eat the Eloi species the first thought would be cannibalism, but the Morlocks and the Eloi and clearly two different species, so this is out of the question. In modern society and even throughout history there have been many cases where the lower class becomes unhappy with their state of living compared to the rich class who rule over them. The approach taken by Wells could also be seen as being a Marxist attack on capitalism in regards to the poor working conditions of the working class being the Morlocks and the comfy living conditions of the upper class being the Eloi. This part of Wells future is one that not only plausible but arguable very likely. The lower class clearly have the rich class outnumbered and if they had the right motivation and opportunity to strike it would only be human nature to strike at the opportunity. The Eloi have far passed the time of their climax and have now fallen in stature in all...

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