The Time Machine - Argumentative Essay

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The Time Machine written by H.G. Wells is metaphorically describing humanity as being peaceful on the surface, but under hidden depths there is a desire to be destructive. In the early chapters of the book, the time traveller expects the descendants of mankind to be super-intelligent, but is disappointed by the behaviour of the supposedly advanced species, the Eloi. His curiosity about the mysterious wells leads to his discovery of the Morlocks and their hidden technology, and what he believes is the confirmation of a dystopic future. Towards the conclusion of his journey the book shows how he had come to love the Eloi because of their childlike nature, but hated the Morlocks because of their destructive and carnivorous
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Fearing the light they remain underground, and as the time traveller notices this, he is cautious of their reaction towards him:
“I was afraid to push my way in among all this machinery in the dark, and it was only with the last glimpse of light I discovered that my store of matches had run low.” (H.G. Wells, 2002, p52)
The time traveller could easily have chosen to finish his expedition of the subterranean world, turn around and exit the well, home of the Morlocks. However, influenced by curiosity, the time traveller chooses to examine every piece of evidence in the hope of discovering the truth of how this dystopic future was formed: peace with fear, and curiosity then destruction; both halves of the same whole.
In the chapters leading up to the time traveller’s departure, he first plans to kill the Morlocks, arming himself with weapons from the ‘Palace of green porcelain’. When he leaves the ‘Palace of green porcelain’ the sun has set and it has become dark. Then the Morlocks strike, ambushing him in the forest. In an effort to protect himself from his adversaries, the time traveller starts a fire. Exhausted, he falls asleep, and when he wakes up discovers that his Eloi companion, Weena, has been taken and that the fire has spread and become out of control:
This line in the book describes the final characteristic of mans’ attitude - fear. The Time Machine is saying that mankind, even when…

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