Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Time Machine and Time Dependency

I believe that the novel enforces the idea that without the control of, and the harmony with, time, situations in life become hectic, unmanageable, and, in this case, possibly dangerous. The first six chapters of the The Time Machine certainly bring out the paranoia in the main character. Although he is bombarded with several benefits of the future, his confidence in his surroundings begins to deteriorate once his machine is stolen. The time frame he is currently stuck in is no longer a utopia of the future, but a vast unknown world full of what seem like unpleasant creatures. Without the machine, the Time Traveler feels lost and helpless, fearing that he will not be able to return to his own time frame, and to the familiar. It is something that represents what many fear: lack of control of machine time. As I read The Time Machine, this scene is what struck me the most. Many, if not all, of humankind of modern society depend greatly on time: when to certain tasks, when to meet people, even when to go to bed and awaken. One can get sidetracked and feel lost and hopeless because of over-dependency.



Blogger Felix Wong said...

It is true that he might have been scared because he could not just control time anymore. But if you were in his shoes, I'd be more concerned with getting my butt back home. He probably could not have lasted very long in that situation. It was a whole different world, just like the same feeling you get when you're lost.

1/31/2007 1:40 AM  
Blogger Frank Song said...

Your argument is clear and insightful. I haven't thought about Time Machine in this way which is quite convincing of its symbolic meanings. Your interpretation of implicit meaning in this novel is remarkable. However, it seems too much elaboration on one's tendency to always go back to where one is from. I also agree with felix

5/04/2007 6:53 PM  

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