The Time Machine


Let me start off this essay by saying that I believe H.G.(Herbert George) Wells is one of the most intelligent writers of his time: a true futurist. Obviously, I read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells and I would like to say that it was extremely well written and sounds as though it was written fairly recently. It may just sound this way because the human race has not really tried Time Traveling. The theme of The Time Traveler is, as I see it: Think about what you are doing before doing it. The Time Traveler should have thought his journey through and taken precautions for everything that could possibly go wrong, or right for that matter. If he had done this, I am sure he would have had a camera, matches (to fight off the Morlocks), cigars (he constantly longs for them throughout the novel) and of course, his machine would not have been captured by the Morlocks.

The main characters in The Time Machine were The Time Traveler, Weena (an Eloi who The Time Traveler rescued), the Eloi as a race and the Morlocks as a race. Now that you know the main characters, I will explain their purpose in the novel and their behaviors. Weena was by far the most interesting character in the novel. She was an Eloi who was drowning while trying to bathe in a river. The Time Traveler quickly jumped into the river and rescued her. Weena then started following The Time Traveler everywhere during his explorations. He learned about the Eloi people and their language and the Morlocks from Weena. The Time Traveler was definitely intelligent. He figured out a way to travel through time! He was also a very charming, rich and friendly man, a little too anxious and curious, I would say. His anxiousness made him go to another time unprepared, nothing with him but a package of matches. The Morlocks are a futuristic equivalent to our current day primates-just uglier, smellier and they live underground. They are very aggressive and are blinded by even weak sources of light. The Morlocks are carnivorous and sometimes make a meal of an Eloi. The Eloi are a beautiful, friendly and fragile race of small creatures. They seem to have a great fear of the dark, because that is when the Morlocks come out from their Underworld. Both are descendents of humans. The Morlocks stole The Time Machine (I think) to lure The Time Traveler into the brass gates so they could make a meal out of him.

The Time Machine is about a man, whose name is not revealed, referred to as The Time Traveler. He builds a Time Machine and travels forward in time. When The Time Traveler arrives at his destination, 8 million years later, he discovers that the world is not futuristic at all, but rather primitive! The Time Traveler explores this new world and finds that there are two primitive species, the Eloi and the Morlocks, which seem to be descendents of humans. The oddest thing about the Morlocks is that they cannot leave their Underworld in daylight, because the light will blind them. This is why the Eloi stay inside during the night and the Morlocks come out. During the Time Traveler\'s exploration, his Time Machine was stolen. When The Time Traveler noticed his missing machine he
began to go crazy. There were a million thoughts going through his head, the most prominent one being: the machine is gone or destroyed and he will have to spend the remnants of his life there. After this unfortunate event The Time Traveler spent most of his time exploring; at one point he went into the underworld-stupid move. He soon found that he was surrounded by Morlocks, so he lit a match. The light from the match scared the Morlocks away, then he made an escape back to the surface. At this point, the Time Traveler, to his dismay, realized that the Morlocks were not as nice as the Eloi. In fact, the Morlocks had stolen his Time Machine. One day, exploring with Weena, The Time Traveler came across what seemed to be a museum. The museum was full of items that appeared to be from our time,