Time Machine: Future Expectations

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Future ExpectationsJoel Marte
The novel The Time Machine written by H.G Wells is a allegorical story within story about a Time Traveller who travels into the future and returns to tell a group of men about his adventures. The story told by the Time Traveler is recorded by an editor, who writes all of The Time Travelers adventures, encounters, and attitudes. The future to the time traveller initially means optimism, hope and an advancement of humanity, but he soon realizes that it is quite the opposite; that humanity itself has disintegrated. H.G Wells depicts the future in such a way to suggest the entropy or “decline” of humanity. It is a different, somewhat modest view of the future, to allude the fact that we as a species are on a downwards slide rather than a hopeful stairwell. In a dark smoking room in the 1800s, a group of men sit and listen to a well educated man known as the Time Traveller, discuss and explain the fourth dimension. He then proceeds to explain to them that he has a passage to the future; a key to the unknown. Many of the men have their doubts about this peculiar man, “The fact is, the Time Traveller was one of those men who are too clever to be believed: you never felt that you saw all round him; you always suspected some subtle reserve, some ingenuity in ambush, behind his lucid frankness.” (Wells 12) but The Time Traveler feels confident in himself. He expresses an attitude which is filled with optimism, as he imagines what sort of advances in technology there will be, what shape nature will be in, and the state of mankind. After the meeting and some last minute tinkering of his prized machine, he sets off for the future with a jolt. While traveling through time at astonishing speeds, he feels frightened and scared. But as he arrives at his next destination he is relieved to stop, but as he gathers himself, his surroundings turn his view from afraid to surprised.

The Time Traveler has traveled 800,000 years into the...
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