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The Time Machine: Introduction
The Time Machine: Plot Summary
The Time Machine: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Time Machine: Themes
The Time Machine: Quotes
The Time Machine: Characters
The Time Machine: Symbols
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Brief Biography of H. G. Wells
Historical Context of The Time Machine
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- Full Title: The Time Machine
- When Written: 1894-1895
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1895 as a serial novel
- Literary Period: late Victorian
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Setting: Victorian-era England, and England in the year 802,701
- Climax: When the Time Traveller escapes the Morlocks by taking the time machine into the future
- Antagonist: The Morlocks
- Point of View: Though the book has a first person narrator who is not the Time Traveller, the story is mostly told as the Time Traveller’s first person account of his voyage.
Extra Credit for The Time Machine
Science Fiction or Breaking News? In 1938, filmmaker Orson Welles adapted H.G. Wells’ novel The War of The Worlds into a radio drama that was broadcast across the United States. The radio drama, about aliens invading earth, inspired widespread panic across the country, since many listeners did not realize they were listening to a drama rather than a news bulletin.
Social Justice. Among Wells’ social commitments was antiracism, and in 1906 he wrote a book called The Future in America that contains a chapter, called “The Tragedy of Colour,” about the struggles of black Americans. In order to write the book, he met with Booker T. Washington. Wells also condemned ideas of racial purity, the death sentence of the Scottsboro Boys (African-Americans accused of raping a white woman), and racism in South Africa.