What’s Going to Happen Next?
The first five chapters of H.G.Wells’ The Time Machine are certainly intriguing. Wells takes us very far into the future, or at least what he believes it could look like, and tells us that mankind has split into two different races. When the Time Traveler first arrives in the year 802,701 he is surrounded by little people. This all seemed very much like “The Wizard of OZ”; the plants were all different, everything was peaceful, and the people were short and giggly. However, his first days with these people seem a bit scary. Will the people of this Earth really one day be devoid of almost any intellect? I suppose a completely peaceful society, with all of life’s problems solved, would lead to a lower IQ, and that not having to work or compete physically would eventually lead to smaller and weaker bodies. However, how did the world get to be this way?
Wells is capturing the reader’s attention by giving them bits and pieces of observations, before he gives them any answers. We as readers, are processing information almost exactly as the Time Traveler is during his adventure. Who are these underground dwellers and why are they there? I am also very curious as to why none of the men at the beginning of the story have names? Who is the narrator? Wells’ story of the future is very different from Bellamy’s world. It is important to consider that Wells moves much farther into the future than Bellamy’s novel did. It will be interesting to see if both authors end up having the same, or different opinions on social issues and their proper solutions.
Wells, H.G. The Time Machine. London: Penguin Group, 2005. Print.