The Human Condition

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells is an incredible examination of the human condition and nature in general. Besides his time machine, Wells spends less time focusing on futuristic technology and more on the relationship between beings in what he perceives as the future. This relationship between beings, whether they are human or not, is a significant part of the story between Wells, the Eloi and the Morlocks. As we have different races in today’s world, Wells examines and experiences a world with different races/beings as well. This is obviously seen with the Eloi and Morlocks. One of the most important facts about nature especially with animals, is that there will always be a hunter and the hunted. In Wells’ world set in 802, 701 A.D., the hunter is obviously the strange Morlocks and the hunted is the peaceful Eloi. Besides the notion of a hunter and the hunted, Wells also examines the basic notions of building a new relationship with a different race or person at its’ most basic level. This is an obvious fact when one examines how Wells befriends and becomes close with Weena, an Eloi who he isn’t familiar with. One of the last more general notions Wells points to is the curiosity of beings no matter who or what they are. Curiosity is something that is rooted in the human condition at its’ most basic level. Wells examines the notion of curiosity through his own experiences in the futuristic worlds he visits but also with the lives of the Eloi and Morlocks.

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