There are numerous people in society who lack certain skills that they need for survival.
These people may lack intelligence and depend on other human beings to help them get
through life. However, most of the time, it is there fault that they lack these necessities. In
"The Time Machine" by H.G Wells, the Eloi had this problem. They were victims of their
own weaknesses because they didn't understand that learning these important skills was
necessary for them to survive.
When he arrived in the future, The Time Traveller, after seeing and hearing the
Eloi, concluded that they had an extremely low intelligence compared to the people that
lived in his time. They were often described as and compared to little children. "Then one
of them asked me a question that showed him to be on the intellectual level of one of our
five year old children."(39) He was very shocked about this weakness that the Eloi
possessed. The fact that the Time Traveller lived 800,00 years in the past led him to
believe that over time, the generations got less and less intelligent and more involved with
having fun compared to the world where he lived.
The Time Traveller also realized that the Eloi were very dependent on other
people for many of there resources. He mentioned that the Eloi had houses and clothing
but he didn't see any machinery or anything that could possibly produce these items.
"There were no shops, no workshops, no sign of importations among them." (65) This led
him the believe that there had to be someone or something that was making these items for
them. Since the Time Traveller had already know about the low intelligence of the Eloi,
this didn't come as surprise
to him. He was able to come to the conclusion that the Eloi
cannot do very much for themselves.
Another fact that the Time Traveler came across was that the Eloi spent all day
playing games and doing nothing of importance. He didn't...
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