Analysis Of The Book ' The Time Machine '

2122 Words Nov 1st, 2016 9 Pages
Ashley Cao
Lund, Guiliaa
ENGL 3312
October 31, 2016
The Science of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine
Delve into the world of The Time Machine, a novella written by H.G. Wells, who was considered to be one of the more proficient science fiction writers of his time. Readers become introduced to a man they can only call the Time Traveler and experience a world unlike their own. In order to fully understand the novella, it would be best to become familiar with its genre: science fiction. Science fiction differed from the other genres, such as fantasy, due to the realism applied to it. As a result, since it can be possible for time travel to occur and for a man to be able to traverse to the future, Gunn’s definition of science fiction could apply: “Science fiction is a literature of (1) ideas; (2) change; (3) anticipation; (4) the human species. […] I bring it up now however, because I may add another choice: (5) discontinuity” (8). By being able to understand science fiction or perhaps the basis of it, readers would gradually begin to adopt a better understanding of Wells’ narrative. Darko Suvin once said that, “[…] one basic parameter would take into account the relationship of the world(s) each genre presents and the “zero world” of empirically verifiable properties around the other” (30). Wells manipulated time and the world of today – the realistic world – in order to build a world, and a future, of his own that would best fit his narrative. While the Time Traveler played an…
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