(from a Dystopian literature: a theory and research guide)
pg 283 – unnamed Time Traveler ventures into the future fully expecting to find an ideal society of the kind projected by contemporary Utopian literature.
– What he finds is a nightmare world of degenerates of humanity
Passive effete ‘Eloi’ and animistic ‘Morlocks’.
– Decay of humanity [..] by the realization of utopian dreams.
– Structure echos that of Stevenson’s “Dr. Jeckyll and Mr Hyde”
– Inverse evolution into animality
“I never met […] people more indolent or more easily fatigues” – pg 37 – traveler
pg 284 – Ancestors perfected the world so the Eloi could survive without strength or ingenuity
– the book is a response to Bellamy’s looking backwards
N.Q – Morlocks live underground (dont like the light) they raise Eloi to eat them .
pg 284 – Morlocks can be seen as a parody of the technologically oriented Utopians of Bellamy, while Eloi might be read as a parody of the pastoral Utopians of Morris (News from Nowhere)
pg 285 – Capitalist morlocks literally feed on the proletarian Eloi.
– the two species are divided by
“The gradual widening of the present merely temporary and social difference between the capitalist and the laborer” 68pg
– It is a cautionary tale that warns of the potential disastrous consequences of the growing gap of England’s Rich and poor.
N.Q – Looks capitalist but as the travelers sides with the Eloi it sounds like he is fear of communism.
- Marxists, Machines, and Morlocks – Oh my! (methodsofliterarystudy.wordpress.com)
- H.G. Wells’ The Time Traveller Synopsis and Review (classicnovelreviews.wordpress.com)