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H.G Wells' The Time Machine Essay

1639 words - 7 pages

Influence
Thomas Huxley, a famous biologist and H.G. Wells' teacher, once said
that "We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance, and the
plain duty of each and all of us is to try to make the little corner he
can influence somewhat less miserable and somewhat less ignorant than
it was before he entered it" (Zaadz). In other words, we all have the
duty to leave the world a better place by leaving our influence on
others. At some point of our lives, we've all had someone or something
close to us that has left their influence on us and H. G. Wells is no
different. His novella, The Time Machine, was inspired by the various
different traits of Wells' family ...view middle of the document...

Weena is the only character in the entire novella that has a name; all
the other characters are either known by their first initial or their
occupation. There hasn't been a specific reason in the past records as
to why Weena is the only character named in the book. But by looking
at Wells' life and his beliefs, we can guess the reason behind this
mystery. H.G. Wells was a true Socialist, a committed humanitarian, and a
supporter of women's rights. A supporter of women's rights at that
time would be laughed and ridiculed. But H.G. Wells, a devoted
humanitarian, wanted to help out and change the society (Keller). This could be
a possible explanation as to why Weena, a only woman character in the
book, was given a name and not the other men in the novella.
H.G. Wells says in the book that the Morlocks were "subterranean for
innumerable generations, had come at last to find the daylit surface
intolerable" (Wells, 51). The cavernous Morlocks' natural habitat had
degenerated from ages. They lived underground because they couldn't bear
the daylight and also had to stay below ground to keep the machines
working for their cattle, the Elois. Now, a normal person would think
this characterization as a work of imagination. But H.G. Wells had a
reason for the Morlocks to be how they were portrayed in the book. He had
a story behind the mysterious Morlocks that was related to his parents.

Wells' parents had always been in constant arguments. Wells' mother
had left her husband and his son to be a housekeeper in the castle
located in Uppark. His mother used to complaint about his father's lack of
consideration for her which "condemned her to spend the greater part of
her day every day below ground level in the basement kitchen of Atlas
House, a room that borrowed its light from a pit covered by a metal
grating set into the pavement of Bromley's High Street" (West, 226).
It is evident that Wells had gotten the idea of Morlocks from the
behaviors of her mother and father. Anthony West, H.G. Wells' illegitimate
son, clarifies this influence on his father in his book Aspects of a
Life: "His (Wells') bottled-up feelings on this score, mingled with
others, even more powerful, concerning the fundamentals of relationship
between his parents, had finally burst out into the open in his
descriptions of the loathly caverns inhabited by the light-fearing Morlocks in
The Time Machine" (West, 228). Wells used the Morlocks as a tool to
express his feelings without anyone knowing that he was talking about his
own mother.
H.G. Wells lived in the Victorian era where the society was divided
into three distinct classes: the aristocracy, the working class, and the
working poorer class. He, in fact, was born in a low-middle class
family; his father was a poor businessman and his mother was a housekeeper
(Meet the Writers). Wells' influence by the continuous class struggle
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