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The Island of Doctor Moreau



A man is found afloat in the middle of the ocean--he then finds himself thrust into a world that is inhabited by monstrosities, ruled by a mad man. He soon finds that the only way to survive is to bring madness upon the island of Dr Moreau, a thing he wishes would never have happened.--Submitted by Larry Carson


ON February the First 1887, the Lady Vain was lost by collision with a derelict when about the latitude 1' S. and longitude 107' W.
On January the Fifth, 1888 - that is eleven months and four days after - my uncle, Edward Prendick, a private gentleman, who certainly went aboard the Lady Vain at Callao, and who had been considered drowned, was picked up in latitude 5' 3" S. and longitude 101' W. in a small open boat of which the name was illegible, but which is supposed to have belonged to the missing schooner Ipecacuanha. He gave such a strange account of himself that he was supposed demented. Subsequently he alleged that his mind was a blank from the moment of his escape from the Lady Vain. His case was discussed among psychologists at the time as a curious instance of the lapse of memory consequent upon physical and mental stress. The following narrative was found among his papers by the undersigned, his nephew and heir, but unaccompanied by any definite request for publication. The only island known to exist in the region in which my uncle was picked up is Noble's Isle, a small volcanic islet and uninhabited. It was visited in 1891 by H. M. S. Scorpion. A party of sailors then landed, but found nothing living thereon except certain curious white moths, some hogs and rabbits, and some rather peculiar rats. So that this narrative is without confirmation in its most essential particular. With that understood, there seems no harm in putting this strange story before the public in accordance, as I believe, with my uncle's intentions. There is at least this much in its behalf: my uncle passed out of human knowledge about latitude 5' S. and longitude 105' E., and reappeared in the same part of the ocean after a space of eleven months. In some way he must have lived during the interval. And it seems that a schooner called the Ipecacuanha with a drunken captain, John Davies, did start from Africa with a puma and certain other animals aboard in January, 1887, that the vessel was well known at several ports in the South Pacific, and that it finally disappeared from those seas (with a considerable amount of copra aboard), sailing to its unknown fate from Bayna in December, 1887, a date that tallies entirely with my uncle's story.

(The Story written by Edward Prendick.)

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The Island anti-christian?

I've read this book, and clearly Moreau IS a god-like figure. What strikes me as odd is that the animals kill him. Montgummery, which could represent Christ, feeds the animals brandy at a type of communion, and he dies too. The sayer of the law (priest) tries to choke montugmmery (christ) and dies too! later, at the end, wells compares a priest to the sayer of the law babbling. It also has moreau's law faked on the animals. His law isnt really a law, just a way of maintaining power. This seems incredibly anti-christian, but I can't find any info about this online.

The Island of Dr Moreau

Has anyone read this H.G. Wells book? I don't read that many novels, although I am going to give this one a try. I have the recording on iTunes just in case I need some backup supplement. I can read through the e-book and than hit it again, the part I just read, with the recording. It is only 251 pages long on the Reader compared to something like "Bleak House" which was about 850 pages. I can handle this. It is a horror genre type which is my favorite kind of story. I'm not sure about how well the the book is written, but Wells is a popular name. If anyone has read it, let me know what you thought of it. I figure that I'm going to start it next week, just for the purpose of trying something new. There are a few other horror titles that I intend to read. I've never tried anything written by this author. It looks like he has more than one good title.

Dr. Moreau as 'God'

Having just read 'The Island Of Dr. Moreau' in response to a friends' reccomendation; I was absolutely enthralled. This science fiction novel swiftly became of of my favourites. This thread assumes the readers knowledge of the novel and its characters. Dr. Moreau, the eccentric, avant-garde scientist present on the Island could be seen as a God-like figure. In what way, if any do you agree with this hypothesis? The main points enforcing such an argument are as follows: - Wells illustrates Moreau as physically having the charectaristics of God with 'white hair and beard', representing the God of classical theism. - The language used by Moreau is similar to the God of the Old Testament. Phrases such as "the ultimate lawgiver" and Moreau's position as the punisher of sins invoke religious symbolism. - After Moreau dies, Prendick describes the vivisector as 'alive' and 'watching upon us', supplying yet more religious symbolism. Even with this apparent similarity to God, Moreau fails in the quintessential deisitic attribute, that of ultimate creativity or 'Prime Creator'. Instead Dr. Moreau can only offer a pseudo-creativity, adapting and manipulating in order to construct. So, What opinions do people hold?

The 2 Island of Dr. Moreau Films

I have not read The Island of Dr. Moreau book but have seen the 2 films. Being an animal lover, I was highly interested in this subject. It also brings us around again to the question Dr. Malcom (Jeff Goldblum) asks in Jurassic Park: Just becuz we CAN do something, SHOULD WE?? And this was exactly what Michael Yorke asks the good Dr. Moreau in the 1st film, which infuriated Burt Lancaster's character for he was looking for an allie. He did not find one. Combining human & animal DNA to 'create' a kind of 'human/animal'?? For what purpose?!?? Isn't what God created good enough?!? Or I should say, GREAT enough?!?? I say it is & there is no need to tamper with it just becuz you can. The suffering endured by what Moreau 'created' was horrendous! They needed to be put out of their misery! Thankfully, they were after the island went up in flames. I have no good comments about the 2nd film starring Marlon Brando. It was nothing short of ridiculous & a poor excuse to display a human orgy! Uggh!!

Gud book

This book obviously re-asks the same old question religion vs science but also leaves asks us some questions about our base instincts. How society is run and wether discipline is the base line of the society is one questions asked and like all great questions not answered. I think Moreau plays the part of a god on his island and wether this mirrors the furtherment of society question but whas certaily right at the time. Does anyone have anythought on wether this book answers the sacrfice for the good of society question?

Awesome book

I must say my twisted obsessedness with such things as vivisections sorta throws a biased view of mine on Moreau, but ehe, otherwise...I found the book very good indeed. I recently read it for English 9 and am now searching for opinions on it, I loved it personnaly. I myself am of no religion, but you could say I am athiest. . The whole Idea of Moreau being the god of the island is wonderful. It sorta makes you want to beleive the book is real. I found the detail to be enough to imagine every aspect of the story and the plot was excellent. I love the morals and the subtle messages as well. I do hope to continue reading literature as such and would appreciate any suggestions for reading of the like.

No Subject

i read this for fun, but ended up having to write a character analysis on it. the book had multiple themes, and though the Moreau as god seemed to be the most obvious and recognized parallel, i thought the most interesting was that humans can be as beastly as animals.

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Moreau is not God. Why is there a correlation between the perverse experiments possessing a fear of god and seeing the slightly unbalanced doctor as god? The jews didn't see Hitler endowed with a divine light through the suffering they endured. Simply put, Moreau is constrained by his absolute obsession with power (dotted with insanity) that is eventually remedied by the product of his asphyxiation. Arguably, the single cause of downfall for every man's quest of power.

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The Island of Dr. Moreau was a very good book. The subjects of Darwinism/Social Darwinism are apparant throughout the book. Naturalism, which was a characteristic of the time period, is also evident in the book. H. G. Well's use of Moreau as a God figure was brilliant, and Prendick's near acceptence into the Beast's society was suspenseful. I heartily recommend this book to anyone, its a good read, and not too long as well. It will definately make you think!

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i had to read this for my gcse english class, i have to say that i didn't find it enjoyable at all, i think for people of my age it was hard to write essays on it. the story is not the clearest. i did like the theme of the story however, i think it was really clever and if it was to be written up agen today it would be a big hit. it had never occured to me that Dr Moreau played god on the island but after reading many reviews i have to agree.

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