The “Time Machine” by the author HG Wells is a science fiction novella that takes place in London in the year of 802,701. In the “Time machine” the main characters are Weena, the Eloi, and the protagonist is the Time Traveler and the antagonists are the Morlocks. The rising action in the Time Machine is when the Time Traveler gets stuck in the future and has to survive because the Morlocks are trying to kill him.
In the Time Machine the conflict occurs when the Time Traveler arrives to the year of 802,701 and he meets creatures known as the Eloi, and has grown fond of them. When he’s finished exploring the new world he tries to return to his time machine but to only find it missing. In the Time Machine the climax is when the Time Traveler and Weena create a fire to provide protection from the morlocks. This leads to the fire to grow rapidly and create an enormous forest fire, and results in Weena to get lost and eventually killed.
The Outcome in the Time Machine is, after the Time Traveler travels 30,000,000 years forward into the future he returns back to his home, but the only evidence he brings back with him are two flowers that Weena gave him and he doesn’t want to give them away to be studied on because they have too much sentimental value. So he travels back into the future and brings with him a Kodak camera, but he never returns back to his present time. In the Time Machine HG Wells uses tone to warn readers that capitalism will lead to mass separation in the human species.
When the Time Traveler first arrives to the year of 802,701 he is confronted by the Eloi and is described by the author as fascinated and amazed, the author helps support the tone by the use of personification and simile. After the Time Traveler arrives to the year of 802,701 he begins to explore, and while he is exploring he comes across a particular object made of white marble and exclaims “It was of white marble, in shape something like a winged sphinx (Wells 21).
The Time traveler is very impressed of how beautiful and detailed the winged sphinx is, and through the use of simile we are able to classify the tone as fascinated because the time traveler is so impressed of how advanced the architecture is in the year of 802,701. The tone of fascination helps reveal the theme because when the Time Traveler arrives to the year of 802,701 he only sees the positives of the capitalist market and not he negatives. While the time traveler is still amazed by the winged sphinx he says “I stood looking at it for a little space—half a inute, perhaps, or half an hour (Wells 22).
The Time traveler was so fixated on the winged sphinx that he didn’t know how much time had passed, and through HG Wells’s use of caesura we as audience are able to classify the tone as amazed because when the Time Traveler is describing the winged sphinx he takes a dramatic pause to emphasize how beautiful the wing sphinx is. The tone of amazed helps reveal the theme because he is only able to focus on one thing and not the other things happening around him.
The Time Traveler thinks he has stumbled upon a utopia because he has only viewed the positives in 802,701 and not the negatives. The society he is in appears to be so desirable because he only sees the positives of in 802,701 such as beautiful gardens and a stress free environment. After the time traveler has been at the year of 802,701 for a few days, he has lost his Time Machine and he is hearing noises underground. He then begins to explore underground, and he’s described as frightened and terrified.
The author helps convey the tone of frightened and terrified through the use of diction and imagery. When the Time Traveler goes underground the Morlocks instantly grasp him with their hands and try to haul him back, the Time Traveler describes how his “feet were grasped from behind, and violently tugged backwards”(Wells 56). The Time Traveler is very scared of what might happen if the morlocks catch a hold of him. Through the authors use of diction we are able to classify the tone as frightened because when the Time Traveler went underground the Morlocks “violently tugged backwards”.
The tone of frightened helps reveal the theme because the Time Traveler has realized that the Eloi and the Morlocks have separated from each other due to capitalism. When the time traveler goes underground he’s held back by several Morlocks and while he’s held back he “struck another light, and waved it in there dazzled faces “(Wells 56). When the time traveler is attacked by the Morlocks he’s scared and is willing to do anything to survive, and through the authors use of imagery we are able to classify the tone as terrified.
The tone of terrified helps reveal the theme because the Time Traveler is starting to see the downside of capitalism and how it separated the species. In summary the authors’ use of imagery and diction help convey the tone as frightened and terrified. At the end of the Time Travelers journey to the year of 802,701 the time traveler discovers the differences between the Morlocks and the Eloi through the authors’ use of personification and metaphor help set the tone of worthlessness and realization.
The day after the Time Traveler has set the forest on fire to provide protection from the Morlocks, he returns back to the palace of green porcelain. It is here he realizes the difference between the Eloi and the Morlocks at which time he states “as time went on the feeding of the underworld , however it was effected, had become disjointed (Wells 80). Through the use of personification we are able to classify the tone as realization when the Time Traveler begins to realize that, over time the Morlocks had to find a source of food or else they would starve to death.
In order to survive the Morlocks began to eat the Eloi. The tone of realization helps the theme because it gives proof of how capitalism has divided the two species so greatly. In the epilogue when the second narrator is talking about civilization he says “saw in the growing pile of civilization only a foolish heaping that must inevitably fall back upon and destroy its makers in the end”(Wells 93).
The second narrator is talking about civilization and how it’s a foolish heaping, and through the authors use of metaphor we are able to portray the tone as worthlessness because the Eloi and Morlocks are worthless in there society. The author HG Wells warns his readers that humanity must be able to remember to act in a civilized manner. In the beginning of the novella when the Time Traveler arrives to the year 802,701he is classified as astonished and impressed through the use of personification and simile.
A few days after arriving to the year 802,701 the Time Traveler almost gets captured by the Morlocks and is conveyed as scared and horrified through the use of imagery and diction. At the end of the Time Travelers journey the Time Traveler begins to understand why the morlocks and Eloi are the way they are, and through the use of personification and metaphor we are able to convey the tone as realization and helplessness. If you were the Time Traveler would you go back into the future like he did or would you stay in your present time?
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