About the Author
Herbert George Wells (1866-1946)
H.G. Wells was born into a working-class family in Kent, England. His parents worried about his poor health when he was young, and he was bedridden with a broken leg for several months. He developed a lifelong love of books during his long convalescence, reading voraciously to entertain himself. Wells worked as a teacher, continuing to educate himself after his formal training. Well’s first novel, The Time Machine was an instant success. He is also well-known for writing The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. He was an early pioneer for the science fiction genre. He died August 13th, 1946 of unspecified causes at the age of 79.
The Time Machine (1895)
H.G. Wells’ work of early science fiction popularized the concept of a time machine. It follows an adventurer as he glimpses humanity’s future and serves as a warning to be careful with science.
Questions for The Time Machine
Why do you the author uses titles rather than names for many of his characters? What effect does this have on you as a reader?
In what ways does the author depict the Eloi as being like children? Why does he characterize them this way?
How do the flowers affect the believability of the Time Traveler’s story?
The Time Machine was written about thirty-five years after Charles Darwin published his Theory of Evolution. How do you believe this affected the author’s view of humanity, nature, and the universe? What is the author’s message about these matters?
The Time Machine was written during a time of great technological advancement. Is technology a liberating force for everyone in the story?
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