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Is Weena necessary to the story of The Time Machine?

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This question is up the the subjective opinion of each reader, so it is possible to have various answers.

On one hand, I really do not think that she is necessary. In some ways, she is nothing more than a cliche damsel-in-distress. She gets herself into a dangerous situation, and the Time Traveler then rescues her. I suppose you could make the claim that she is integral to the story as a prop device, but I don't think that makes her integral to the overall scope of what the book is teaching to readers.

Some readers try to claim that Weena is essential to the story because romance and/or love is a central aspect of the story. Movie versions of this book definitely try to convince audiences that there is a potential...

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