The Time Machine | Study Guide

H. G. Wells

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The Time Machine | Character Analysis


The Narrator

The Narrator, presumed to be an educated, middle-aged male, is a friend of the Time Traveller who dines with him and a group of other men every Thursday night. Most of these men do not believe the Time Traveller actually travels through time, but the Narrator keeps an open mind on the subject and is sympathetic to the Time Traveller. At the end of the book, he has two withered flowers, the only hard evidence that a time trip was actually made.

Time Traveller

At the first dinner, the Time Traveller discourses on time and space. At the second, he tells the long, detailed story of his trip to the future in his time machine, as well as the society he found there and the desolation he discovered in the more distant future. The Time Traveller represents the adventurous, entrepreneurial spirit of the Industrial Revolution.


After her rescue, Weena accompanies the Time Traveller everywhere he goes and is carried by him when she tires. The only female character, she represents a mild love interest but is too childlike for the pair to have a complete relationship. She dies in an accidental wildfire.

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