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What is the theme of The Time Machine?

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brookie17 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 5, 2010 at 2:02 AM via web

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What is the theme of The Time Machine?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 5, 2010 at 2:21 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the overall themes of the Time Machine as well as many literary works of the time, is the amazing struggle and conflict between classes.  In the novel, the ideas of the Eloi are at first seen as enlightened and the narrator expects that he has come across the first society to have overcome those class barriers.  Of course later he learns he was just not seeing things clearly and the same conflicts are still there and just as divisive as ever.

Another was the struggle between science and in some ways morality, the idea that one should be striving to find and learn and discover everything possible and sometimes ignoring or not thinking carefully about the consequences.

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