Herbert George Wells

.. nd extinct. He only had 19th century knowledge so he was probably not aware of this or he didn’t care because most people were probably not aware of the study of genetics. They didn’t show much interest in learning they would run around and play with toys and lose interest in a never ending cycle like a child. He didn’t know there language but it was obviously derived from the English because one of the Elis asked him if he had come from the sun and he understood but some of the other things that the Eli were saying didn’t make sense to the time traveler.

He saw the white sphinx and describe it as having a silver tree at its shoulder and the sphinx was made of marble and the wings of it were spread out. A pedestal that the time traveler described was mad of bronze and “was thick with verdigris.” The building that the Eloi resided at had according to the time traveler had huge doors “and was all together colossal dimensions”. The entrance had carvings of Phoenicians. After seeing a sphinx and Phoenician carvings and how primitive the people were he had doubts that he was in the future. This proved by when the time traveler is remembering the date on his dials that read 802, 701 A.D.

He noticed the Eli diet as been composed of mainly fruit and vegetables. He noticed there was no signs of economic or cultural struggle in the surroundings so the time traveler has some knowledge of archeology and maybe a bit of a historian, he even said that he would like to witness the accepted account of the battle of Hastings. Also when the time traveler looks at the countryside he says to himself “Communism, I said to myself”. This shows that H. G.

Wells know of Marxism Communism but it does not show if he is a supporter or against it. At first he thought this society was man’s triumph that they live in peace but he learns later that the Eloi are being bred fattened up and eaten by the ant like people the Morlocks. Later the main character returned to check on his time machine and to his surprise it was gone. He began to panic, even when he fell down and hit his face which produced a trickling of blood didn’t even pause. At this point the time traveler is over stressed and bent on getting his time machine back. He no longer cares to learn about the Eloi; his priority has changed.

H. G. Wells uses realistic thought process of people when they are faced with problems. The time traveler is pacing and his conscious is talking to itself trying to calm down and come up with solutions and answers. After this event he sees Weena an adult Eloi girl swimming in a stream. She gets a cramp and begins to drown and the other Eloi didn’t even make an effort to save her.

The time traveler saves her life and they become very close. The sleep outside and she shows an uncomfortable behavior as well as the other Eloi about the dark. The Eloi wouldnt sleep alone or go out at dark. The time traveler resorts back to more theories about the hotter climate of the region. He thinks that the planets are closer to the sun now or that a planet has smashed into the sun and given it renewed energy. He was hiding from the heat in a building when he found a gallery of history.

It contained fossils, machines, weapons, chemicals, and idles from every culture Greek, Phoenician and even English ones. He found the tunnels that looked like half pillars kind of like ant wholes. The time traveler saw one of the Morlocks and described it as having “a dull white, and had strange large greyish-red eyes; also that there was flaxen hair on its head and down its back”. He later described them as “mechanical servants for the Eli” and he hated them and wanted to murder them even though they were the descendants of the human race. They were carnivorous and preyed upon the Eloi. He goes back to the gallery and Weena accompanies him everywhere he goes.

He finds some matches and he breaks a lever off an ancient machine serving as a mace to smash the Morlocks soft bodies. He found some camphor which is like a candle wax. He left the gallery at night fall and started fires on purpose to blind the creatures but he had difficulties starting vegetation on fire. The Morlocks were extremely sensitive to the light. The attacked him and he beat them with his mace. They were very weak individually but strong in numbers. The fires calm down and became dark again then they grabbed him and were biting at his neck. He jumped up and did some real strenuous fighting that occurs when people are in the middle of combat and they experience a rush of anger.

The fires started back up and the Morlocks swayed to and fro in agony. They were making moaning sounds to each other. He chose not to kill any of them while they were at his mercy. He sleeps awhile and in the morning he heads down to the white sphinx. To his surprise he sees that the doors are open and the time machine is visible. Obviously it is a trap for the time traveler.

He proceeds in the doors even though he suspects a trap. As soon as he gets on the time machine the doors closed. The Morlocks laugh out loud thinking that he is trapped. The time traveler makes an attempt to lite the match but it only lites on the match box. He defeats one of the Morlocks and gets on his time machine and pushes the lever forward in a panic. Then he goes hurling forward in time.

He is on the time machine in an awkward position. He stops and when he does he is on a beach and two large crustaceans try to eat him so he accelerates into the future 30 million years or more and the sun grows bigger and more dull. Then the world becomes dark and the air is difficult to breathe. When he thought life was extinct he sees a life form swimming in the water “the size of a football”. He then returns to his laboratory but in a different location because of the Morlocks tampering with its location in the future. The editor and the medical doctor don’t believe his fantastic story even for an instant.

The medical doctor can’t recognize the species of flower that the time traveler had in his pockets but that didn’t change his mind at one bit. The narrator even said that “The serious people who took him seriously never felt quite sure of his deportment; they were somehow aware that trusting their reputations for judgment with him was like furnishing a nursery with egg-shell china. The editor called his story a “gaudy story”. The narrator comes back to find the time traveler and sees him carrying a camera to his laboratory. He heads to the laboratory as a result of clinking and thud sounds.

He enters the lab and witnesses just a flash of the time machine and the time traveler. Then with a whirl of wind and dust the time traveler disappeared. I enjoyed this book but I can’t believe how the time traveler acted being a logical and scientific man. Like when he went the future he encountered a new kind of people and they led him to a building where they reside. He just left his time machine behind; he could have had those people help him take it back to where they were staying.

Also he should have put some wheels on it so it could be transported easier and also a floatation device encase he ended up in water. Also he should of had Weena stay with the others, Im sure she was hampering his attempts in combat with the Morlocks. Also instead of causing terrible useless damage to the environment he should have laid siege to the pillars that the Morlocks used to exit out of. He should have set heavy objects on top of them and started fires around them at night time. They would die of lack of oxygen or hunger and the hunger would force them out of the holes into the fire or they would eat each other.

This would result in diminishing there numbers and making them to weak to resist a confrontation. This book had a lot of science elements to it such as the climate change, fourth dimension, chemical reaction, and some of Darwin’s theories. There are some things that are not true about this story that I want to point out. When the time traveler goes 30 million years in the future from his beach location he describe after the Morlock scene. He would not end up on the beach because of continental drifting when the earth rotates.

The continents move an inch a year that 30 million inches! He would be in the ocean and sinking fast so if he did but the lever back the ocean would change the space he was occupying and he would be stuck in the ground when came back probably resulting in an explosion. Also when the earth became darker only after 30 million years. The sun has approximately 5.5 billion years left before it goes super nova. Then it will become a red giant and be extremely big as wells described in the book. So Wells was not informed of all the facts but still, this book was interesting and entertaining.