Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Comparing Nature of Man in Island of Dr. Moreau and Lord of the Flies E
record of Man Exposed in Island of Dr. Moreau and Lord of the travel Throughout the infixed history of humanskind, the human race has always held a notion of its predomination over all other creations of nature. Man has long believed that he is someway morally superior to all other creatures, motivated by a higher source than basic instincts. Yet, the history of man is marked by an interminable string of events that would seem to contradict that theory war, genocide, segregation, suppression, tyranny, the list goes on and on. Only a cursory look at mans history is required to come to the conclusion that man is at least as cruel and savage as the beasts they strive to surpass. H.G. Wells in The Island of Dr. Moreau and William Golding in Lord of the Flies each attack mans artificial superiority extensively. Both men believed that the beast itself resided in mans soul, surfacing occasionally to produce the evil that man is heart-to-heart of. Yet, the men approached this conce pt in two distinct manners, leading to differences in a number of key aspects of the ir respective theories, differences that could weigh intemperately on the future of the human race. When H.G. Wells was asked what his motivation was for writing Moreau, he responded, This story was but the response of an imaginative mind to the reminder that adult male is but animal rough-hewn to a reasonable shape and in unbroken conflict between instinct and injunction...It was written just to give the expiration possible vividness to that conception of man as hewn and wiped out(p) and tormented beasts (Batchelor 17). Inspired by Charles Darwins theory of evolution, Wells island fib of Dr. Moreau and his wild beasts carries a far deeper purpose than the simple survival story... .... full of life Essays on William Golding. G.K. Hall & Co. Boston, 1988. 22-29. Batchelor, John. The Romances of the 1890s. H.G. Wells. Cambridge University Press Cambridge, 1985. 17-21. Boyd, S.J. The Nature of t he Beast Lord of the Flies (1954). The Novels of William Golding. Harvester Wheatsheaf tender York, 1990. 1-23. Costa, Richard Hauer. The Scientific Romances. H.G. Wells. Twayne Publishers Boston, 1987. 35-39. Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. Berkley Publishing Group New York, 1954. Hynes, Samuel. William Goldings Lord of the Flies. Critical Essays on William Golding. G.K. Hall & Co. Boston, 1988. 13-21. McConnell, Frank. Evolutionary Fables. The cognizance Fiction of H.G. Wells. Oxford University Press New York, 1981. 88-105. Wells, Herbert George. The Island of Dr. Moreau. Bantam Books New York, 1994.