H. G. Wells Long Fiction Analysis
H. G. Wells’s early scientific romances begin with The Time Machine and conclude with The First Men in the Moon. His social satires and comic romances commence with Kipps and end with The History of Mr. Polly. Didactic fiction dominated his last decades, from Ann Veronica to You Can’t Be Too Careful. Throughout is a struggle between science and socialism. Visions of doom alternate with calls for reform and renewal; individuals acquire knowledge of science but lose control of their destinies.
The Time Machine
Wells’s early novels are journeys of ironic discovery. The enduring point of The Time Machine is in the Time-Traveller’s frightening discovery in the year 802701. He encounters the Eloi, who have been terrorized by the Morlocks, molelike creatures who prey on the flesh of the Upper-worlders. They are the fruits of an evolutionary process of separating capitalists from workers. Before he returns to his own time, the Time-Traveller accidentally moves even further into the future, to an Earth about to fall into a dying Sun.
The Island of Dr. Moreau
Edward Prendick, narrator of The Island of Dr. Moreau, is a castaway, grateful to reach Moreau’s island—until he realizes its horrors. He thinks that Moreau is turning people into animals, but when he finds the Beast-people, he realizes his mistake. Moreau explains that pain is...
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