The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

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Group Members:
Tom O
Matt M
Lucy E
Aidan S
Andrea C.*
Discussion Time:
Friday January 8th 5B 12:55-2:25

Discussion Agenda

Discussion Facilitator: Lucy E

Clarifying Questions:
What is the reason for the relationship between the Eloi and the Morlocks?
What causes the Morlocks to come out only at night?
What was the reason for the extinction of the animals?
How did the crabs and the black tentacled creature survive if all other life was gone?
What are some reasons behind the change of the human race?

The Time Traveller- main character who's identity is kept a secret.
Weena-is one of the Eloi who the Time Traveller forms a bond with during his adventure.
Eloi- Frail creatures that are out during the day, but are afraid at night.
Morlocks- Violent creatures that live underground during the day and come out at night.
Narrator-Mr. Hillyer, is one of the Time Traveller's dinner guests.
Medical Man-The dinner guest who was the most skeptical of the Time Traveller's story.
The Editor
Provincial Mayor
Very Young Man

How does the style of narration add to the story?
Why was the narrator chosen?

Setting: Richmond London present and future.

Upper Class vs Working Class

Style of Writing:
Curiosity- leaving the readers wondering at the end of the book
Mystery- what events led to all the changes of the future?
Subtlety- Why was the character unnamed?

Significant Passages:
“Were these creatures fools? You may hardly understand how it took me. You see I had always anticipated that the people of the year Eight Hundred and Two Thousand odd would be incredibly in front of us in knowledge, art, everything” (29).

“Indeed, I had found afterwards that horses, cattle, sheep, dogs, had followed the Ichthyosaurus into extinction” (32).

“A queer thing that I soon discovered about my little hosts, and that was their lack of interest. They would come to me with eager cries of astonishment, like children, but like children they would soon stop examining me and wander away after some other toy” (33).

“We shall readjust the balance of animal and vegetable life to suit our human needs...The air was free from gnats, the earth from weeds or fungi; everywhere were fruits and sweet and delightful flowers” (38).

"In the end, above ground you must have the Haves, pursuing pleasure and comfort and beauty, and below ground the Have-nots, the Workers getting continually adapted to the conditions of their labour. Once they were there, they would no doubt have to pay rent, and not a little of it, for the ventilation of their caverns; and if they refused, they would starve or be suffocated for arrears. Such of them as were so constituted as to be miserable and rebellious would die and, in the end, the balance being permanent, the survivors would become as well adapted to the conditions of underground life, and as happy in their way, as the Upper-world people were to theirs" (61).

“These Eloi were mere fatted cattle, which the ant-like Morlocks preserved and preyed upon-probably saw to the breeding of” (78).

“I don’t know if you have ever thought what a rare thing flame must be in the absence of man and in a temperate climate...The red tongues that went licking up my heap of wood were an altogether new and strange thing to Weena” (89).

“I understood now what all the beauty of the Over-world people covered. Very pleasant was their day, as pleasant as the day of the cattle in the field. Like the cattle, they knew of no enemies and provided against no needs. And their end was the same” (97).

“There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change” (97).

Outside Resources:
Movie Trailer (2002):
Movie Trailer (1960):
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Discussion protocols:
A passage that was interesting or confusing.
Response to the ending of the book.
Respond to HG Wells interpretation of the future. Is this what will actually happen? Why or why not?

Aidan - Pizza
Matt - Devil Dogs
Lucy - Pretzels / Other snack food
Tom - Good thoughts