The time machine

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On pages 57-58 Wells elaborates on his ideas of the situation between the Morlocks and Eloi further than in earlier parts of the book. He explains the struggle between the Morlocks and the Eloi including altered ideas about the hierarchy of the civilization - how the human race evolved into two different species. The Time Traveller comes the conclusion that the Morlocks are similar to the working class and the Eloi the upper-class of his time. This started when the Morlocks were pushed underground for so long that they evolved to find “the daylit surface intolerable” providing much evidence that they are definitely the most downtrodden species of the two. The Eloi were spoiled, remained above ground and sat around idle all day doing nothing productive, while the Morlocks, tended machinery and provided food, clothing and infrastructure for the Eloi. However, at night the Eloi were extremely frightened because that was the time the Morlocks would bond together to try and overthrow the ruling class by eating the Eloi. The Time Traveller’s Victorian upper-class disgust with the ...

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