H.G. Wells (Bloom's Modern Critical Views)

H.G. Wells (Bloom's Modern Critical Views)

Harold Bloom

Language: English

Pages: 258

ISBN: 0791081303

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This series is a gathering of a representative selection of the best contemporary criticism of the poets, novelists, essayists, and playwrights of the Western world who are most widely studied and read. Each volume includes an essay by Bloom, in which he offers his own insights into the author's work, and an editor's not that comments on the individual analyses that follow. Also included are bibliographies for each author, brief notes on the contributors, and useful chronologies. This series is a critical presentation of those men and women who, from medieval times to the present, have shaped the Western tradition.





















Time Machine 45 lawgiver. Wells’s symbols for government are patriarchal in other romances, and his heroes either rebel against this oedipal oppressor or make their way into patriarchal power and identify with it. Dr. Moreau is such a threatening father, indeed a not-very-displaced castrating father. Almost all the clashes over authority in The Food of the Gods are put in terms of fathers and sons. The Invisible Man’s hatred for established authority causes him to act in a way that literally

killed both Delia and the angel (275). Indeed, the plot-structure of The Wonderful Visit expresses a pessimism similar to the dark view of life depicted in Wells’s early science-fiction.4 But The Wonderful Visit possesses a narrative-structure, one distinct from its plot-structure, that intimates the possibility of human development and sensibility. This structure is not optimistic; rather, it vexes the pessimistic thrust of the plot-structure by implicitly positing a human potentiality for

method is hampered when data cannot be obtained or is inconclusive. In addition to critiquing the limits of rational scientific methods, Wells also introduces in these early chapters the humor inherent in scientific discovery or in the creation of odd phenomena. Never having encountered anyone like Griffin before, the villagers try to construct hypotheses based on their direct observations of him, but what they observe is inadequate. The theories about Griffin range from his having been in a bad

reasonable society, is also out of control. The narrator, far from condemning Griffin, tries to win readers’s sympathies for him. Take, for instance, the explanation of the circumstances surrounding Wicksteed’s murder: Now this, to the present writer’s mind at least, lifts the murder out of the realm of the absolutely wanton. We may imagine that Griffin had taken the rod as a weapon indeed, but without any deliberate intention of using it in murder. Wicksteed may then have come by and noticed

further by his need to keep up the work on Crest Hill, provides the ostensible motive for the voyage, George’s scientific curiosity plays no small part in his decision to lead the expedition himself after Gordon-Nasmyth is injured. Through the lens of science, we are led to see the waste at the heart of a national identity based upon the model of multinational capitalism. Edward’s interest in the quap is apparent from the moment Gordon-Nasmyth raises the subject: “You’re The Serial Logic of H.G.

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