Essay on Analysis Of ' The Time Machine ' By H. G. Wells

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Introduction H. G. Wells has long been considered the father of the science fiction genre with the publication of his first book, The Time Machine in 1895. This novel details a narrator’s travel through time. The unidentified narrator tells of his voyages through time to house guests of various professional backgrounds except one of religious background. To explain, there is not a minister or priest situated among the house guest. This essay will address the absence of religion in the novel and how it is reflects a major issue of Victorian Age: science vs. religion.
Art is an imitation of life. Wells’ life experiences and his attitudes about society are present in the Time Machine. I will also explain the significance of Wells’ conversion from Christianity to Darwinism and how it played a substantial role in his depiction of characters and their conflicts in the Time Machine. The characters have evolved past a need for religion. The Godlike acts of the individual characters spread throughout the novel illustrate a void in rules of morality.
In reviewing scholarly texts on the Time Machine, critics primarily present the Time Machine as a science fiction novel. Although, I deem the novel as such myself, I will attempt to present the novel in its biographical context. I will discuss how Wells’ upbringing and his life’s experiences contributed significantly to his form of writing and the concerns in which his novel addressed.
Literary Criticism
The Time Machine is often…

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