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The fourth dimension the time traveler tells his dinner guests in chapter 1 of H. G. Wells' The Time Machine, is time itself. Consistent with the author's materialist philosophy (Wells was a Fabian...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2010, 6:00 am (UTC)

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I think there are several messages in this story that can be classified as the main message. I definitely think the story contains a warning about technology. I teach a media studies class to high...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019, 3:52 pm (UTC)

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The novel critiques the Victorian faith in progress. Wells is saying that we can't just rely on the passage of time to make society better and more just. The Time Traveller goes roughly 800,000...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2017, 12:51 pm (UTC)

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H.G. Wells was primarily a novelist of ideas. Most of his works, particularly those which feature science fiction, are clearly focused on exploring concepts which he thought worthy of...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2021, 7:52 pm (UTC)

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The quote that the question is asking about can be found in the first paragraph of chapter 1. The lilies of silver sound quite poetic and beautiful, and I do think your interpretation is correct in...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2019, 1:51 pm (UTC)

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Women as such are underrepresented in The Time Machine, but traditional feminine qualities are not. In the book, Wells presents us with two distinct races—the Eloi and the Morlocks. The former are...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2018, 8:16 am (UTC)

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The time traveller starts to tell his guests his story in Chapter 2, but it goes all the way to Chapter 10. The dinner guests are invited to the Time Travellers for the following Thursday, at which...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2009, 8:46 pm (UTC)

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The Time Traveler builds the time machine for the specific purpose of traveling to the future to find a world where there is no war, where people are equal, where man lives in harmony with the...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2009, 9:12 pm (UTC)

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When the Time Traveler arrives at his home for dinner with his friends in chapter two, he has obviously been through some sort of an ordeal--he is dirty, injured, his clothes are torn, and he looks...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2015, 10:46 pm (UTC)

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The Time Traveller himself anticipates that the account of his adventure would be met with absolute scepticism, and he is right. Of course, his own vague sense of what had happened and whether it...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2011, 7:23 pm (UTC)

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At the climax of The Time Machine, the Time Traveler accidentally launches his Time Machine into the extreme distant future of Earth. Before this, he has landed in a distant enough time, when the...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019, 5:18 am (UTC)

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On a first glance, it might seem that The Time Machine operates at least partly on racist assumptions in the depiction of the futuristic beings, the Eloi and the Morlocks. The Eloi, pretty,...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2013, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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There are of course a number of different examples that you could cite. My own favourite comes at the very end of the story, in the Epilogue, when the narrator considers the import of the Time...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2011, 7:52 pm (UTC)

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The book The Time Machine is, for the most part, a frame-story: that is, a story-within-a-story. The original narrator tells that he has met a man, known to readers simply as "the Time Traveller,"...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2019, 11:09 am (UTC)

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H.G. Wells' The Time Machine - like most science fiction - is more diagnosis than prognosis. In his novella Wells offers a critique of the capitalist structure of the Victorian society in which he...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2011, 5:09 am (UTC)

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A thesis statement is a sentence which summarizes the main point of a paper. It cannot be a summary or something uncontroversial as that is not worth arguing. Instead, it should take a stance on...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2018, 6:06 pm (UTC)

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In The Time Machine, we can tell that the time traveler has returned from a difficult experience as evidenced by his physical appearance, his behavior, words, and state of the time machine....

Latest answer posted December 18, 2017, 2:46 pm (UTC)

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The Time Traveler travels far into the future in chapter 3 of H. G. Wells's The Time Machine. At the end of the chapter, the Time Traveler finally meets the people who emerge from the landscape. He...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019, 6:35 am (UTC)

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In The Time Machine, as elsewhere in his work, Wells shows himself to be somewhat ambiguous about the nature of technology. Here we are presented with both the good and bad sides of technological...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2020, 11:02 am (UTC)

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Given that this is a book about technology, we would expect there to be a detailed explanation of the machine which allows time travel. Technology and the aforementioned machine are obviously...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2016, 5:55 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter One of The Time Machine, we meet Filby who is described as an "argumentative person with red hair." Filby is one of six other men present at an informal meeting at which the Time...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016, 9:30 am (UTC)

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Wells attacks both the British class system and the Victorian notion of progress in his depiction of the degenerated Eloi of the far future. The Eloi are small, they are childlike, they do no work,...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2017, 1:33 pm (UTC)

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When the time traveller propels himself so far into the future, what he ends up witnessing is a logical extrapolation of certain capitalistic tendencies that Wells saw in his time: for example, the...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2013, 10:03 pm (UTC)

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At the beginning of Chapter Six, the Time Traveller visits the Green Palace. Externally, this palace catches the Time Traveller's eye because it is much larger than any other building he has seen...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016, 10:50 am (UTC)

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The Time Traveller uses science in constructing his machine, but H. G. Wells builds the character on the paradox that he is more philosophical than practical, and lacks confidence in technology’s...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2019, 5:30 am (UTC)

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The Time Traveller is a brilliant human being. He has to be in order to imagine how to build a working time machine. This makes him two things. He is a good enough scientist to work out how to make...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020, 4:26 pm (UTC)

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Weena and the rest of the Eloi are afraid of the night, particularly around the time of the new moon each month, when the nights are darker. The Time Traveller observes of Weena that, while she...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2013, 11:05 am (UTC)

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The Eloi are totally helpless, unable to provide for themselves and living simply but rather easily as well. They are essentially aristocratic in that way. The Morlocks could easily wipe the lot of...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019, 11:51 am (UTC)

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The attitude that H. G. Wells displays towards technology in The Time Machine is somewhat ambiguous. On the one hand, he acknowledges the vital role that technology plays in opening up new...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2018, 4:49 pm (UTC)

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Comparison/Contrast of The Time Machine and "A Sound of Thunder" Plot Themes of Science, Time, and Evolution are evident in both H. G. Wells's novella, The Time Machine, and Ray Bradbury's "Sound...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2014, 7:51 pm (UTC)

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Whether or a not an individual reader can find anything about the Morlocks to empathize with is going to depend on the reader. Some readers are going to think that the Morlocks are evil, subhuman,...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2018, 2:46 pm (UTC)

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In The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, the time traveler, who is never named, wants to tell his friends about his extraordinary journey through time. As a scientist, he has always believed that time...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2015, 6:59 am (UTC)

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In the classic science fiction novella The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, the narrator does not operate the time machine; instead, the machine is operated by a character the narrator calls the Time...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019, 12:47 am (UTC)

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Many critics call H.G. Wells one of the fathers of science fiction. One of the science fiction tropes that he is attributed to having established is the genre’s criticism of humanity as a species....

Latest answer posted May 10, 2013, 12:42 am (UTC)

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To me, the biggest and most important symbol of the story are the two flowers that Weena puts in the time traveller's pockets as a sign of her love for him and as a symbol of the burgeoning...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2011, 7:04 pm (UTC)

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The Time Traveller does this in chapter 8, when he explores the Palace of Green Porcelain properly for the first time and realises that it is an old ruined museum. This ties in with the overall...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2013, 12:02 pm (UTC)

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The word utopia technically speaking is neutral, simply meaning "no place," a nonexistent world usually set in the future, though it has come usually to mean a positive fictitious world in contrast...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019, 11:27 pm (UTC)

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The Time Traveler is regaling his dinner guests, including the narrator, with his seemingly far-fetched theory that traveling through time is possible. As we might expect, the guests are extremely...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019, 10:18 am (UTC)

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When the Time Traveller discovers the existence of the Morlocks, he believes that humanity has evolved into two distinct life forms after aeons of having two castes of humans: the haves and the...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2011, 7:45 pm (UTC)

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In The Time Machine, the dinner party is a key event which depicts class inequality. This event is directly referenced in Chapter 2 and Chapter 12 of the story and takes place at the Time...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2016, 11:10 am (UTC)

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The Time Traveller's goal for travelling through time and the reasons why he built it are one and the same. The book was written in the late 19th century, 1895, when H.G. Wells observed that...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2009, 10:54 pm (UTC)

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I think that this question is asking about the dialogue sequence that happens in the opening chapter of The Time Machine. The Time Traveller is attempting to get the other people in the room to...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2018, 7:39 pm (UTC)

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What is fascinating about the beginning of this book is the way that it commences with a philosophical debate about the nature of time and whether time travel is actually possible. Wells highlights...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013, 10:14 am (UTC)

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In Chapter Five of The Time Machine, the Time Traveller comes across a great hall in which he finds around twenty Eloi ("a score") asleep together. He often finds the Eloi huddled together in...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016, 10:13 am (UTC)

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Science fiction is a genre that allows for writers to make social commentaries on present, real world situations without those commentaries being super overt. The Time Machine is one of those...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019, 12:45 pm (UTC)

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For the purposes of this question the 1960 film version will be referred to rather than the 2002 film version, which takes many more liberties with the original text. The principal difference...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2013, 6:41 am (UTC)

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Much British literature of the 1890s contained pessimistic and nihilistic attitudes. Wells' The Time Machinereflects the cultural and intellectual climate of the last Victorian decade (he ...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2007, 2:05 am (UTC)

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Let's talk about the biases revealed in H. G. Wells's novel The Time Machine. We should first focus on class bias, for this stands at the heart of the novel. When the Time Traveller goes into the...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2021, 2:25 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019, 9:16 pm (UTC)

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Social class is a very important theme of this seminal work, so much so that the Time Traveller draws many parallels between the world that he visited in the future and his own world, based on the...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2013, 7:11 am (UTC)

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