The Time Traveler by HG Wells - ENG 335 Science Fiction as Social Criticism The Time Traveler by H.G Wells 1 Narrative Structure a Who narrates b

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ENG 335: Science Fiction as Social Criticism “The Time Traveler” by H.G. Wells 1. Narrative Structure a. Who narrates b. Prods/fails c. Hubris 2. Eloi and myth of progress 3. Gothic horror 4. Stars (pg 44, 50-51, 63) 5. Twilight references a. of man (pg 26) b. of Earth (pg 67-68, 71) c. million year man (pg 20) d. palace (pg 54-55) 6. optimism/pessimism H.G. Wells Also writes romance, upstairs/downstairs life of England The detailed, distinctive phrases allude to a thesis Narrator Club atmosphere settings The narrator records the stories of the time traveler and presents it to the reader. Most regular visitor/attender of meetings Group of men, Victorian era, sit around drinking brandy and telling stories. b. prods- “as I will tell you” makes us want to read more. Prods us to desire his explanation. Foils- are the characters that ask questions to answer for the reader c. hubris- excessive pride the time traveler- inventor, intellectual in the large scheme of things all his publications and papers are futile.

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