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The Time Machine: A Reflection of The Future

            "But, gradually, the truth dawned on me: that Man had not remained one species, but had differentiated into two distinct animal: that my graceful children of the Upper-world were not the sold descendants of our generation, but that this bleached, obsene, nocturnal Thing, which had flashed before me, was also the heir to all the ages" (H.G. Wells, The Time Machine, 50-51) The novel The Time Machine by H.G. Wells possesses a major theme that is evident even in today's society. The Time Machine is about an English scientist who has claimed to have discovered how to travel in the forth dimension-time. The Time Traveller, as he is referred to, tells his tale through the voice of The Narrator, a companion of The Time Traveller. One day when the Time Traveller is in his lab he decides to test the Time Machine out and in a whirl wind of events is send to the year 802,701 where he is loses his Time Machine and becomes stranded. In this futuristic time he meets two species descendent from humans. The Eloi who live on the surface and who The Time Traveller associates himself with and considers them to be small and beautiful. And he finds a subterranean ape-like species known as Morlocks, who the Time Traveller try's to avoid. The Time Traveller discovers that their society is actually a constant Class Struggle which cannot be broken, which is one of the major outline themes to the novel. This means there is no way for any one to become higher in society than someone else because of the firmly set positions. Set 800,000 years in the future, the theme may provide us with a foreshadow of the future, show the conflict between the Haves and the Have-Nots which can be compared to the authors time, and to accentuate the point that we are all one race. Class Struggles in Society have continued from well before the author, H.G. Wells, time into ours and in The Time Machine class struggles are what society could become 800,000 years into the future or more.

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