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Week 25

Teen Reader

The Island of Dr. Moreau

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H. G. Wells

About the Author

Herbert George Wells (1866-1946)

H.G. Wells was born into a working-class family in Kent, England.  His parents worried about his poor health when he was young, and he was bedridden with a broken leg for several months.  He developed a lifelong love of books during his long convalescence, reading voraciously to entertain himself.  Wells worked as a teacher, continuing to educate himself after his formal training.  Well’s first novel, The Time Machine was an instant success.  He is also well-known for writing The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds.  He was an early pioneer for the science fiction genre.  He died August 13th, 1946 of unspecified causes at the age of 79.

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896)

A shipwrecked traveler arrives on an island where mysterious medical experiments are being conducted on animals.  It is a story of adventure and a thought provoking tale that takes a closer look at the moral implications of scientific experiments.

Questions for The Island of Dr. Moreau

What is the significance of Montgomery’s alcoholism and Prendick’s abstinence from alcohol? What does this say about their characters and help predict about their outcomes?

Dr. Moreau appears as a God-like character in the book.  How do the other characters treat him in his role as ruler of his domain?

Dr. Moreau creates a government with strict rules.  Is this system effective in promoting the common good of its inhabitants or result in their oppression?

What is a problem that arises from combining humans and animals?  What is the benefit Dr. Moreau sees?

What do Dr. Moreau’s experiments on animals suggest about the morality of genetic modification in today’s world?  Can you think of moral uses of genetic manipulation?  What would you consider an immoral or problematic use of this technology?

Teacher’s Guide to The Island of Dr. Moreau


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