THE TIME MACHINE BY H.G. WELLS // ANIMATED BOOK SUMMARY


The Time Machine was written by H.G. Wells. The Time Machine is a fun novel. It begins at a dinner party, hosted by The
Time Traveler himself. At the dinner, The Time Traveler explains
that the 4th dimension is in fact time. Time is a human construct to explain what
it is seeing. To explain his idea, The time traveller asks
his guests to picture a cube. A cube has length, width, and depth. Yet, a cube must also exist for a period of
time to be a cube. We overlook this fact due to our nature. For example, if a cube was 1 inch cubed, yet
existed for 0 seconds, it is not a cube. If it exists for any fraction of time, even
1 second, then it is a cube. This is the same idea as a line of 0 length
not being a line. It’s just a concept. He also states that Time and Space are the
same thing. The only difference is that our consciousness
progresses along the time axis. Time is a kind of space. He shows a graph of weather readings. The graph itself is a measurement. Since this measurement is not in any of the
space-dimensions currently thought of. Instead, it is of the time dimension. Then they argue about if one can travel along
the time dimension. The time traveler says we can. He argues that gravity weighs us down in the
3rd dimension, but is still traversable. Then the time traveler suggests that he’s
built a device to travel through time. He brings it out, and has the psychologist
push the lever which sends it off into the future. None of the guests are quite sure of what
they just saw. But, the time traveler offers to show them
his larger machine anyways. After they see it, they aren’t all convinced
and go home for the evening. Dinner guests come back the next week, but
it appears the time traveler will be late. When he does come in, he’s a disheveled
mess. He drinks some champagne, and then heads upstairs
to get himself ready. The dinner party resumes, as they know he
wouldn’t want them to make a fuss about his well-being. He comes back down after cleaning himself
up and devours his meal. Then he leads his dinner guests into the smoking
room to tell them his story. He says that the time machine was finally
finished earlier this morning. He got it in, ready to go on his first trip. He quickly started and stopped the machine. At first, he thought nothing had changed,
but then realized it was 5 hours later! He does it again and starts progressing through
time. He sees the laboratory disappear, and the
sun took on a streak of fire as it whizzed through the sky over and over again. In this state, he realized there was a risk
that he would stop at a point in space which was already occupied by matter. He stops and is now in a garden. It’s in the middle of a thunderstorm, which
quickly passes. He sees a massive white statue as well as
other buildings. He’s spotted by a 4 foot tall man in a purple
tunic who runs towards him. A group of 10 of these people come to him,
and touch him in amazement. He takes off the levers that control the time
machine. The people of the year 802,701 AD are happy
and fragile. He feels no fear following them to one of
their buildings. There, he eats with them and tries to learn
their language. But, they are childlike and easily bore which
makes the task hard. He theorizes that this must be the apex of
communism with one gender, and adult-like children. Communal palaces have replaced individual
housing. He reasons that organisms develop strength
only from necessity. That human intelligence only comes from hardship. That the idea of a family only comes out of
the evolutionary need to protect young children. In essence, he sees this society as the perfect
triumph of nature. He’s been here all day, and decides to go
home but realizes his time machine is gone. It must still be in this time, since he removed
the handles. He frantically wakes up some of the little
people in their sleep asking them where his time machine is, but gives up. He sleeps it off and looks for it the next
morning. He thinks that his time machine must be inside
the Spinx monument. But, he’s not able to get into it. Now, he’s beginning to doubt his simplistic
beliefs about this species. For one, who made their clothes? Where are their dead buried? Later, he saves one of these creatures from
drowning. She is grateful and introduces herself as
Weena. Then he see’s two white-ape like creatures. He figures that humanity must have split off
into 2. The white-ape creature got away from him by
fleeing underground. He theorizes the two species are the former
rich and the poor. The poor went underground to perform labor. The surface creatures are the “Eloi”,
and the underground creatures are the Murlocks. He climbs down a wells and finds a ton of
Murlocks. But, he runs out of matches and gets attacked
by the Murlocks – so he flees to the surface. He wonders whether the Murlocks have begun
eating the Eloi and decides to arm himself. He’s reminded of the Palace of Green Porcelain
that he had observed and thinks it a good defensive position. He throws away his worn shoes, and stops by
a large wooded area to sleep. He discovers the Porcelain Palace is a museum. The moon is waning, which he has learned from
the Eloi is a dangerous situation. He gets a weapon and matches from the Museum. Then, the time traveler and Weena head back
to the white Spinx. They go through the woods, but they get turned
around when attacked by Murlocks. The time traveler builds a fire. This fire dies out – but a previous fire he
started at the beginning of the forest has turned into a forest fire. Everyone flees, and he loses Weena. He reaches the white sphinx, and finds that
it opened. Inside, he sees his time machine. He gets in, and goes even farther in time. He lands on a beach with a motionless ocean. Crabs the size of tables are near him so he
jumps in time. He goes thousands of years farther and sees
that all life except for green slime has died. He goes home, and meets his dinner guests
as he did at the start of the book. Everyone goes home, but the narrator of the
novel comes back. The Time traveler says he’s busy right now,
but that he’d give a more thorough explanation later. The narrator follows him into his laboratory,
but has already vanished. The time traveler is never seen again. The End.

26 Replies to “THE TIME MACHINE BY H.G. WELLS // ANIMATED BOOK SUMMARY

  1. Thanks keep up the good work! I'm missing such great literature summarizes instead of all the self-help bullshit.

  2. What happened to the Time Traveler??? Check out 'EPILOGUE: TIME MACHINE CHRONICLES' for the answer to that question and so much more…

  3. When you read this book for class for like 2 months and you have a quiz on the whole book tomorrow but you never even paid attention while reading the book in class.

  4. Just read the book (for the first time) recently, and I really enjoyed it. Didn't resemble the movies all that much, and I think neither of them really captured the book's narrative; visually, nor in terms of story. The old movie was just.. too 1960 for my taste, and the new one has more of its own take on it, but I don't think it added much to the story (if at all.. it actually ruins much of it). So I still kinda want to see a proper film adaptation. Or maybe an animated movie, because the parts of the book that are in the future really have a sort of dreamlike, mythological feel to them, perhaps better captured in animation (either CG or hand-drawn). I didn't imagine the Eloi to look that human (in the movies, they're really just.. people), but in the book, I got more of a Gelfling type o vibe, although not entirely like that, but still.. a somewhat more Elvish look perhaps, I don't know.

    It's obvious that Weena really does resemble a child more than anything else, and the entire Weena part of the story actually bothered me more than it probably should have. On the one hand, while reading it, you kinda want the Time Traveler to develop more of real relationship with her, but then, she is really small and innocent, so if there would've been some kind of romantic love there, then that's somewhat problematic now, for obvious reasons. But the book did give me the impression that it was romantic in a very innocent type of way, as they do sleep with each other, and they cuddle, and she seems to adore him in her own way. She resembles a girl, but she really isn't. I think that's why the character is played by an adult woman in both movies; because it allows for this romantic involvement, even though in the books.. it really kinda doesn't, because of her childlike appearance and demeanor. So it's either a romantic involvement, or more of a father-daughter approach, and I think the book leans more towards the latter. And if I were to make a movie about it, I think I would do the father-daughter thing, instead of making it a real love relationship. Just because I think that's truer to the book, and isn't done all that much in storytelling (or movie making). Either way, what bothered the fuck out of me was the Time Traveler's reaction to Weena's demise, assuming she did in fact die – as this wasn't explicitly stated in the book, but was merely implied as the Time Traveler simply assumed that she died. It was almost like he didn't really care all that much, which is just not acceptable, regardless of the type of love they shared. Either one would really require more of an emotional response in my opinion. The Time Traveler, in the book, expresses his feelings regarding her death a couple of times, but I didn't really believe it. So I actually disliked that part of the book specifically. Weena's role is just tossed aside, and the Time Traveler's actions don't really incorporate her, beyond the point of trying to keep her safe during the nights, and trying to protect her in the dark forest.. at which he failed miserably, but just shrugs it off and basically goes: "Oh well, better for her to burn to death than to be taken and eaten by the Morlocks! Alright, now where was I? O yeah, back to finding the machine!!" Why does this piss me off so much? Lol. Maybe it's just due to Wells' writing, like, perhaps he wasn't too comfortable or experienced in writing more dynamic love stories.. I honestly don't know since this was the first and only book I read of his. But it would've been nice if the Time Traveler's priorities somewhat shifted from trying to return to his own time, to trying to look after Weena. But it never even occurs to him, which is why, I think, you don't really buy it when he says that thinking about what happened to her affects him.

    It could be that as the book comes to an end and the Time Traveler disappears for good, that he went back to the future, to find Weena when she is still alive, and takes her to a safer place, a better time, and cares for her. I'd like to think that that's what he did.

    The underlying Communism, Capitalism, Upper class and Lower class themes.. those are a bit outdated now. But still, if turned into a film, it would still take place during the time in which it's set in the book, so it would still make sense for the Time Traveler to interpret the world from that social/political point of view, as that was relevant to him.

    Anyway, I'm rambling. You made a great video by the way. Peace!

  5. Thank you so much dude!!!! T_T I was about to die because I forgot to read this book before coming back to class.

  6. tbh am reading this book rn and I can just barely understand what the heck is going on like words are so "smart" so I had to come here thx man

  7. This summary video is very good for someone who needs it but would also like to point out that there were some small details missed that were important and the the “murlocks” are actually in the books words “morlocks”.

  8. I read through this painfully boring book and couldn't organize my thoughts on it. Your review helped me! thank you

  9. I don’t really understand the ending of the book. Did the time traveler just start traveling again and ended up staying in another time the reason he’s “never seen again”?

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