QUICKLET ON H.G. WELLS' THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (CLIFFNOTES-LIKE BOOK SUMMARY)
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ABOUT THE BOOK If you've ever had moral qualms with grisly medical experiments, secretly wondered what a cross between a man and a hog would look like, or even taken issue with the testing of cosmetics on animals, the book The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells will address your sticky ethical questions and give you ideas you can really sink your teeth into. The philosophical themes addressed in this novel, such as the human drive to scientifically meddle with nature, unearth the origin of identity, and determine whether evil can be considered innate, will spark the contemporary interest, even though H.G. Wells wrote his book in 1896. The dark plot-twists and gruesome details make this classic a page-turner. The book is often introduced as a middle or high school text, because the language is so simple, the imagery so visceral, and the plot turns riveting. The Island of Dr. Moreau satisfies both the reader that is looking to be entertained, and the reader who enjoys being challenged by controversial ideas with real-world implications. Although categorized as science fiction, this book doesn't dramatically push the boundaries of what was conceivably possible in 1896, let alone today. There are no space monsters, no underground populations of elves, and no time-sucking wormholes. What makes The Island of Dr. Moreau a good read is that there are disturbed characters possessing some very disturbing science. The parallels between Wells' concerns are surprisingly similar to our ethical questions about scientific testing today, and shed light on universal concerns of humanism and the implications of scientific thinking. MEET THE AUTHOR Sara Sisun is a writer and painter born in Denver, Colorado. She received a BA in Art and Writing at Stanford University in 2009 and an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011. She has studied at the Art Students League of Denver, the Slade School of Art, and Oxford University.