Book review of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.

Essay by EnzietHigh School, 12th gradeA+, November 2003

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H. G. Wells' The Time Machine explores the darker side of mankind's future that has succumbed to an extremely darwinistic evolution. We become familiarized with the Time Traveler, the book's main character, by means of a fictitious author who also remains nameless throughout the text. The reader receives the story through second hand telling which, once one has gotten into the story, becomes the first hand thoughts and experiences of the Time Traveler. Although she adds little in the way of intellectual value to the story, Weena causes the reader to sympathize with the Eloi. H. G. Wells portrays a world full of life, but of the two races that inhabit the future, the Morlocks and the Eloi, only Weena has enough significance to warrant comment.

The Time Machine begins with an introduction of a theory that, at the time, broke new ground, but we now accept as simple truth.

Due to the manner in which the author portrays the story to the reader, the conclusion follows directly after the introduction. This then leads into the actual narrative of H. G. Wells' story. In short, the plot of The Time Machine represents just another reiteration of the epic battle between good and evil with a very uncomplicated love story thrown in to help endear the reader to the characters. However, Wells adds a twist to this tried and true plot line by bringing in topics such as extreme social evolution, severe evolutionary specialization, strict separation of social class, and converse depiction of the popular opinion of the future.

H. G. Wells, one of the founders of modern science fiction, excels at bringing often complex scientific theories and speculations into the understandable realm of the common reader. By creating a narrative that centers on the characters and not...