The Island of Dr. Moreau

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The Island of Dr Moreau, by H.G. Wells, is not an ordinary science fiction novel. It doesn't deal with aliens or anything from outer space, but with biological science that exists on earth. The novel was about a character, Edmund Prendick that gets involved with an island of experimentation. At first glance, this tropical paradise seems idyllic. But deep in the jungles lies a terrifying secret. Moreau and Montgomery have been performing scientific research on human beings and the experiment goes terribly wrong. They have ignored the most fundamental law of the jungle: survival of the fittest. The doctor is seeking to make animals half human by means of vivisectional surgery; the transplantation of organs, and the pain involved is very …show more content…

Passionate concern for society led Wells to join the socialist Fabian Society in 1903 in London. It advocated a fairer society by planning for a gradual system of reforms. However, he soon quarreled with the society's leaders, among them George Bernard Shaw. This experience was basis for his novel "The New Machiavelli", which portrayed the noted Fabians. At the outbreak of war in 1914, Wells was involved in a love affair with a young journalist, Rebecca West, 26 years his junior. West and Wells called themselves "panther" and "jaguar". Their son Anthony West later wrote about their difficult relationship in "Aspects of Life". In his novels Wells used his two wives, Amber Reeves, Rebecca West, Odette Keun and all the passing mistresses as models for his characters. "I was never a great amorist," Wells wrote in "Experiment in Autobiography", "though I have loved several people very deeply." Rebecca West became a famous author and married a wealthy banker, Henry Andrews, who had business interests in Germany. Mistress Elizabeth von Arnim dismissed Wells, and Moura Budberg, Maxim Gorky's former mistress, refused to marry him or even be faithful. After World War I, Wells published several non-fiction works, among them "The Outline of History", "Experiment in Autobiography", and "The Science of Life" which was written in collaboration with Sir Julian Huxley and George Philip Wells. At this time, Wells had gained the status as a popular