To be afraid
While reading The Time Machine this time around I could not help but compare the Morlocks in the novel to the creatures in the movie The Descent. Both are a race that have evolved or devolved form humans, depending on how one sees it, and both had to do so underground in the darkness. The creatures in the descent have become extremely pale are blind and use echolocation in order to get around the system of caves they live in. Also it should be noted that they eat people in order to survive. Naturally dwelling in a cave nothing actually grows down there so their source of food are whatever animals or people happen to wander in. Now in comparison to the Morlocks it is easy to see how they could be viewed as similar due to the assumed circumstances they have lived in for so many years. However a major difference is that the Morlocks appear to have retained some sense of intelligence whether on the machines or even going so far as to recognize the emotions of others such as the chuckle at the traveler not being able to access his machine. The creatures in the movie on the other-hand are shown to be animalistic and not having emotions except of those found in something like a wolf pack. In my comparisons of the two this difference in intelligence stood out the most because that means that the Morlocks need to have intelligence of certain things in order to survive. It is likely the mechanisms of the machines is a large part of this but then why would they find amusement in other peoples suffering. Is it possible that they have some remembrance of being forced down into the earth and so find joy in the pain of those above them?
Wells, H.G. The Time Machine. (London,1895)