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)
The Time Machine is a short science fiction novel that first popularized the concept of time travel. It is a story of a man’s adventure through time, testing his device in the past and the future.
Questions for The Time Machine
If you could travel through time, would you? Why? If you could only do one thing, what would you do?
The Time Traveler seems to want to be scientific about the future and the evolution of humanity, but he appears to sympathize with the Eloi. Why does he feel this way do you think?
On a desolate beach in the future the Time Traveler finds a small creature with tentacles. Why does the author include this detail? Is his reason to give the reader hope or to fill them with despair?
Where do you think the Time Traveler went for his final journey?
The narrator tells us that the Time Traveler shouldn't be trusted. Why does the author add this uncertainty?
A Reader’s Guide for The Time Machine
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