20 October 2014
The Time Machine
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, a novel about a man’s journey through the future or criticism to the evolution of human race? The Time Traveler sets out on this journey not knowing what he would find or see in the year 802,701. When he arrives he comes across people known as the Eloi. The Eloi are uneducated, small beautiful creature who don’t work or have any political issues. What seems at first like a utopian society that he heard of in the 19th century, turns out to be quite different as he finds out about the creatures who live under ground, the Morlocks. The Morlocks are the “working class” and creatures that consume Elois. By providing these two different classes Wells is trying to prove the devolution of society through the knowledge of the “upper class” and “lower class” in the Victorian Era. Throughout the Time Machine H.G Wells tries to demonstrate how the class systems have changed, not just differentiating through rich and poor, but instead displaying how they have evolved into two different species over time, causing degeneration and devolution
The Victorian Era or the 19th century was a time of social class disparity and a time of technological advancements, which will both play a role in The Time Machine. The class system was divided into the “upper class”, “middle class”, “working class” and the “lower class”. Due to the division of class we are able to further analyze the differences that are put into place between these class systems. We see the “upper class” with all the education and wealth hence keeping them at their position with the power, in other words all the opportunities, compared to the “working class” or “lower class” who i...
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...entiation between rich and poor just elevates to a level where we are left with two completely different species leading to the devolution of mankind.
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