The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

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What theory does the Time Traveler reach about the people of the past and their hard lives verses the people of the future and their easy lives?

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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 types of stories because a reader could walk away from it and think nothing beyond the notion that the book is about a guy that goes to the future and struggles with the Eloi and the Morlocks. Anecdotally, that is what I thought the first time I read the book as a twelve year old. It wasn't until I learned more about Wells and the time period that he wrote during that I started to make new connections.

Wells was making a social commentary on societal class divisions that he saw around him. The Industrial Revolution was in full swing, and the economic divisions were quite stark. Rich factory owners didn't appear to work that much and got quite wealthy doing it. On the other hand, factory workers worked in miserable conditions for long hours and poor pay. The Time Machine is a book that explores the...

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