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The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau


by H. G. Wells

The Island of Dr. Moreau Morals and Ethics Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

"Chance," [Montgomery] answered; "Just chance."

"I prefer to make my thanks to the accessible agent."

"Thank no one. You had the need, and I the knowledge […]. I was bored, and wanted something to do." (4.8-10)

Montgomery suggests that morality—or at least his morals—is wrapped up in personal interests. In short, there are no selfless acts. Of course, Montgomery could be lying his butt off as well. What do you think?

Quote #2

[Moreau] was simply howled out of the country. It may be he deserved to be, but I still think the tepid support of his fellow-investigators and his desertion by the great body of scientific workers, was a shameful thing. (7.20)

Prendick's ethical code suggests that you stick by your fellows. For example, scientists should support scientists in their endeavors no matter what. Of course, this comes before he gets a proper tour of the island.

Quote #3

Yet surely, and especially to another scientific man, there was nothing so horrible in vivisection as to account for this secrecy. (7.22)

The quote certainly points to the fact that this book was written in a different time. Then, vivisection was open for debate. For us, cutting into animals while they are still alive is where we draw the line and on that line build a fence reading "Do Not Enter."

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