Herbert George Wells



Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent, a few miles
from
London, the son of a house-maid and gardener. Wells died in 1946, a
wealthy and
famous author, having seen science fiction become a recognized literary
form and
having seen the world realize some of science fiction’s fondest
dreams and worst
fears. Wells mother attempted to find him a safe occupation as a draper
or
chemist.
Wells had a quick mind and a good memory that enabled him to pass
subjects by
examination and win a scholarship to the Normal School of Science, where
he
stayed for three years and, most importantly, was exposed to biology
under the
famous Thomas H. Huxley. Wells went into teaching and writing text books
and
articles for the magazines that were of that time. In 1894 he began to
write
science-fiction stories. -James Gunn
Wells vision of the future, with its troglodytic Morlocks descended
from the
working class of his day and the pretty but helpless Eloi devolved from
the
leisure class, may seem antiquated political theory. It emerged out of
the
concern for social justice that drew Wells to the Fabian Society and
inspired
much of his later writing, but time has not dimmed the fascination of
the
situation and the horror of the imagery.
The Time Machine brought these concerns into his fiction. It,
too,
involved the future, but a future imagined with greater realism and in
greater
detail than earlier stories of the future. It also introduced, for the
first
time in fiction, the notion of a machine for traveling in time.
In this novel the Time Machine by H. G. Wells, starts with the time
traveler
trying to persuade his guest’s the theory of the fourth dimension
and even the
invention. He tries to explain the fourth dimension before he shows them
the
time machine so they don’t think of him as a magician. H. G. Wells
uses details
about the fourth dimension to teach the reader the theory about it to
capture
your attention. Also Wells character the time traveler says "Scientific
people",
"Know very well that time is only a kind of space". In this quote he is
clearly
using persuasion tactics. He tries to attack there consious by saying
that,
scientific people know that this is only a kind of space. He says this
in hopes
that they will believe what he says just because other intelligent
people
believe the theory. This is a very primitive but still an effective way
to try
to persuade people. The idea is "because many people believe it, so it
must be
true". The people he is trying to persuade are of 19th century thinking
and well
to do people and they are competitive amongst other well to do people so
if
other rich and intelligent people believe this fourth dimension theory
so the
time traveler hopes this will motivate them to learn about it.
The Characters in the book Time Machine are The time traveler, Filby,
the
psychologist, and the provincial mayor. Later the silent man and the
editor come
in to play. Filby is described as "an argumentative person with red
hair". He
has another label that Wells puts on him; he call him the "young man".
The
psychologist also has another label; he is "the medical man". The time
traveler
is described briefly when the group of intellects head down the corridor
to the
laboratory. He uses "his queer broad head in silhouette." When the
arrive at the
machine’s location it is described as "Parts were made of nickel,
parts of
ivory, parts had certainly been filed or sawn out of rock crystal". He
probably
chose these characters as witnesses because they hold higher education
and
people would believe them from there reputations. The psychologist would
be
beneficiary in convincing the other that its not a hoax because he is
aware of
human behavior. The provincial mayor is also an intelligent man and the
people
elected him so if he is to believe that this works then many people
would follow
him. Filby is another character but never talks about his standing in
society it
could be his friend because he did wink at the time traveler or maybe he
is not
because he disputed the time traveler’s time machine in his face
and behind his
back. H. G. Wells uses two other characters that come to dinner to meet
the time
traveler. The main character comes back from the future. The medical
doctor and
the provincial mayor are accompanied by the editor or known as the
journalist,
and the silent