Herbert George Wells

Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent, a few miles

from

London, the son of a house-maid and gardener. Wells died in 1946, a

wealthy and

famous author, having seen science fiction become a recognized literary

form and

having seen the world realize some of science fiction’s fondest

dreams and worst

fears. Wells mother attempted to find him a safe occupation as a draper

or

chemist.

Wells had a quick mind and a good memory that enabled him to pass

subjects by

examination and win a scholarship to the Normal School of Science, where

he

stayed for three years and, most importantly, was exposed to biology

under the

famous Thomas H. Huxley. Wells went into teaching and writing text books

and

articles for the magazines that were of that time. In 1894 he began to

write

science-fiction stories. -James Gunn

Wells vision of the future, with its troglodytic Morlocks descended

from the

working class of his day and the pretty but helpless Eloi devolved from

the

leisure class, may seem antiquated political theory. It emerged out of

the

concern for social justice that drew Wells to the Fabian Society and

inspired

much of his later writing, but time has not dimmed the fascination of

the

situation and the horror of the imagery.

The Time Machine brought these concerns into his fiction. It,

too,

involved the future, but a future imagined with greater realism and in

greater

detail than earlier stories of the future. It also introduced, for the

first

time in fiction, the notion of a machine for traveling in time.

In this novel the Time Machine by H. G. Wells, starts with the time

traveler

trying to persuade his guest’s the theory of the fourth dimension

and even the

invention. He tries to explain the fourth dimension before he shows them

the

time machine so they don’t think of him as a magician. H. G. Wells

uses details

about the fourth dimension to teach the reader the theory about it to

capture

your attention. Also Wells character the time traveler says "Scientific

people",

"Know very well that time is only a kind of space". In this quote he is

clearly

using persuasion tactics. He tries to attack there consious by saying

that,

scientific people know that this is only a kind of space. He says this

in hopes

that they will believe what he says just because other intelligent

people

believe the theory. This is a very primitive but still an effective way

to try

to persuade people. The idea is "because many people believe it, so it

must be

true". The people he is trying to persuade are of 19th century thinking

and well

to do people and they are competitive amongst other well to do people so

if

other rich and intelligent people believe this fourth dimension theory

so the

time traveler hopes this will motivate them to learn about it.

The Characters in the book Time Machine are The time traveler, Filby,

the

psychologist, and the provincial mayor. Later the silent man and the

editor come

in to play. Filby is described as "an argumentative person with red

hair". He

has another label that Wells puts on him; he call him the "young man".

The

psychologist also has another label; he is "the medical man". The time

traveler

is described briefly when the group of intellects head down the corridor

to the

laboratory. He uses "his queer broad head in silhouette." When the

arrive at the

machine’s location it is described as "Parts were made of nickel,

parts of

ivory, parts had certainly been filed or sawn out of rock crystal". He

probably

chose these characters as witnesses because they hold higher education

and

people would believe them from there reputations. The psychologist would

be

beneficiary in convincing the other that its not a hoax because he is

aware of

human behavior. The provincial mayor is also an intelligent man and the

people

elected him so if he is to believe that this works then many people

would follow

him. Filby is another character but never talks about his standing in

society it

could be his friend because he did wink at the time traveler or maybe he

is not

because he disputed the time traveler’s time machine in his face

and behind his

back. H. G. Wells uses two other characters that come to dinner to meet

the time

traveler. The main character comes back from the future. The medical

doctor and

the provincial mayor are accompanied by the editor or known as the

journalist,

and the silent man. The editor uses three names to describe his guest's;

"Blank,

Dash, and Chose." These names are