The Time Machine

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


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


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