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The Time Machine - Episode 5

The Time Traveller learns much more about the world of the Eloi.

Season 3, episode 3
42 min / Published

Over dinner the Time Traveller continues to tell his tale about the Eloi and their life. He saves the live of a young Eloi called Weena and from her he begins to understand more about another race of creatures that live underground called the Morlocks.

He comes to realise that the Morlocks may have taken his time machine and therefore his only route back home.


  • the time machine
  • hg wells
  • classic
  • novel
Show notes

In this long fifth chapter, the Time Traveller learns much more about the world of the Eloi. His adventures in this time constitute the bulk of Wells's novella. The fifth chapter also contains much of the political message of the book. Again, the reader sees in the Time Traveller's remarks a thinly veiled criticism of contemporary social mores in Victorian England. The world of the Eloi is a dystopia, or a negative utopia. Just as a utopian story presents a perfect society and recommends how such a state of existence can be achieved, a dystopia shows how society will go wrong if certain trends continue.

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This episode is part of the The Time Machine series
HG Well's classic tale offers a dystopian vision of humanity's future.
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