The Time Machine : Hg Wells Essay

2051 Words Feb 17th, 2011 9 Pages
The Time Traveller - The Time Traveller's name is never given. Apparently the narrator wants to protect his identity. The Time Traveller is an inventor. He likes to speculate on the future and the underlying structures of what he observes. His house is in Richmond, a suburb of London.
The Narrator - The narrator, Mr. Hillyer, is the Time Traveller's dinner guest. His curiosity is enough to make him return to investigate the morning after the first time travel.
Weena - Weena is one of the Eloi. Although the Time Traveller reports that it is difficult to distinguish gender among the Eloi, he seems quite sure that Weena is female. He easily saves her from being washed down the river, and she eagerly becomes his friend. Her behavior
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In this sense, Wells uses the narrator as a stand-in for his reader; he warns us what will become if we do not change, and then implores us to change, as the narrator seems to do.
The Dinner Guests
Though they all basically function as one character, the Medicine Man and the Psychologist stand out among the Time Traveler's dinner guests in their scientific appraisals (and critiques) of his time-travel theories. They also are reminders of Victorian luxury, able to gather for a leisurely evening of discussion. Their skepticism of the TT's story seems to rest less on the implausibility of a Time Machine, and more on the TT's vision of the class-divided future. The dinner guests ignore that they are on their way to becoming the dependent Eloi and that the working class around them is turning into the Morlocks. Wells uses them as a counterpoint to the narrator, with whom we instantly side; we should follow the idealistic narrator in his desire to change the present for the benefit of the future, rather than the cynical dinner guests who complacently go about their present business.
Major Themes
Critique of Capitalism
"The Time Machine" is Wells's Socialist warning of what will befall mankind if capitalism continues to exploit workers for the benefits of the rich. As the Time Traveler theorizes, the working class has been

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